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A Doll’s House (pdf) is a three-act play written by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. It premiered at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 21 December 1879, having been published earlier that month. The play is set in a Norwegian town circa 1879.

In the play, Nora Helmer, wife of Torvald Helmer, mother of three, is living the ideal 19th-century life but ends up leaving her family at the end of the play.

The reasons Nora leaves her husband are complex, and various details are hinted at throughout the play. In the last scene, she tells her husband she has been “greatly wronged” by his disparaging and condescending treatment of her, and his attitude towards her in their marriage – as though she were his “doll wife” — and the children, in turn, have become her “dolls,” leading her to doubt her qualifications to raise her children. She is troubled by her husband’s behavior regarding a scandal of the loaned money. She does not love her husband, she feels they are strangers, she feels completely confused and suggests that her issues are shared by many women.

Even though Ibsen denied he intended to write a feminist play, “A Doll’s House” was significant in its day for how it deals with the fate of a married woman. At that time Norway was a male-dominated culture. There were few, if any, opportunities for self-fulfillment or employment for women. The play aroused a great sensation at the time and caused a “storm of outraged controversy” that went beyond the theatre to the world of newspapers and society.

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