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Theatre & Film Studies
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THTRFLM 1T03
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Peter Cockett

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T&F 1A03 week 4(2): A Doll House  01/30/2014 Initial Impressions • What did you think of Nora at the end of the play? • Initially seemed very selfish/greedy • Materialistic • Hiding something from her husband – initially just the macaroons • What was your response to her actions at the end? • She actually has good morals/intentions • She has potential to be very strong/independent woman • Responsible for realizing that her ways need to change • Irresponsible for abandoning her family Conflicting Contemporary Views • Clement Scott: • “and so Nora goes out, delivers up her wedding ring without a sigh, quits her children without a kiss, and bangs the door!And the husband cries. ‘a miracle!Amiracle!’and well he may. It would be a miracle if he could ever live again with such an unnatural creature” • George Bernard Shaw: • “Nora’s revolt is the end of a chapter of human history. The slam of the door behind her is more momentous than the cannon of waterloo or seden, because when she comes back, it will not be to the old home; for when the patriarch no longer rules, and the ‘breadwinner’acknowledges his dependence, there is an end of the old order” Two impressions of Nora • Nora as … • The selfish, silly, unnatural woman who abandons her family • Asign of social revolution • How do you want your audience to perceive her in the specific scene you have chosen? (does not have to be a binary choice) how is your production going to set up that perspective? • Ibsen attempts to use conventions of social realism to promote the latter understanding Plausible, Causal Narrative • Actions motivated by material circumstances and personal histories, not by moral forces • People are not strictly good or bad • All actions explained within the world of the narrative, including Nora’s final shift • Acentral peripeteia motivates her change: • Trovald reads the letter and does not take the blame on himself Causal narrative & social critique • The climactic moment is also an a
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