Analysis about Henrik Ibsen a?Dollas House

analysis about Henrik Ibsen a?Dollas House,a?

Our text book is The Norton Introduction to Literature by Alison Booth, Kelly J. Mays W. W. Norton & Company, 2010-9-15

Goals of Assignment
1. Gain a deep knowledge of a work of drama
2. Practice identifying and applying at least two relevant works of literary criticism
3. Use summary, quotes, paraphrases accurately
4. Use correct MLA format, including in-text citations and works cited.
5. Practice writing thesis statements for complex literary works
6. Practice using free-writing or other getting started strategy
7. Improve grammar and sentence structure
8. Write a provocative introduction and conclusion


You must use at least two critical studies for your analysis, and these might include historical play reviews.

Special considerations for this essay form

1. Incorporate two sources in your analysis, but do not Google analyses.
2. Take care to consider issues of production; that is to say, your discussion should reflect the fact that the play is not only a written text. Therefore your analysis might discuss ways in which directing, acting, mise-en-scene, can be or have been worked to achieve certain effects.

3. I encourage creativity. You might consider writing a play that reflects issues of relationships that is a contemporary take on a?Dollas Housea? for example. If you want to design a model of a set, for example, as part of your work and discuss it in your paper, go for it. If you want to enact a scene for class as part of your paper, Iad love it (but let me know in advance so I can allow time). You may want to compare/contrast artists or plays. If you have other ideas, feel free to run them by me; there may be a way to substitute some of the writing with other modes of presentation/analysis.

4. As always, do not expect to know your thesis statement when you start out. You might have some notions, but the thesis should come with writing and ideas generated by reading of critical studies. I urge you to use the writing process to discover ideas and connections. Once youave written the paper, you can outline what youave actually written to improve the organization.

5. Use quotes and paraphrases to support your claims and be sure that for each you have an in-text citation. However, always avoid using long, block quotes unless it is absolutely necessary; quotes of 3 lines or more are styled as block quotes, indented and single spaced.

6. The tone of the paper is more formal. Poetic language or first person experience is not appropriate. If you wish to incorporate elements of a production, you can do it without saying a?I saw. . .a? but instead, something like, a?in a recent production of the play, the stage lighting was manipulated to accomplish. . .a? If you use a production from tape or DVD, that needs to be in your works cited.

7. Be sure your introduction is exciting, compelling. I strongly recommend writing the introduction last, once you know what you want to say. Write a conclusion that goes beyond summary; perhaps discuss the relevance of the play today, and NEVER write a?In conclusion.a?


Paper length is a full 6 pages, typed, double-spaced, using MLA style format. Failure to meet the length requirement will affect the final grade. Prepare a works cited and be sure each item on your works cited relates to an in-text citation (the works cited should be page 7).

Optional Prompts (and some possible sources):

1. Choose one of the plays we have studied and research at least three production of it over the years. Be sure to include reviews from original productions. Analyze how the play was stageda use photos if availablea including mise-en-scene. Were any changes made to the play? How did the public receive the play? You might focus exclusively on issues of production and translation in another country, such as your home country.

Joan Templetonas book Ibsenas Women is a good source for a?The Dollas House.a? Also, this article might provide interesting ideas about the production of a?Dollas Housea? in China:

Title: Women and the Search for Modernity: Rethinking Modern Chinese Drama.
Authors: Chengzhou He1
Source: Modern Language Quarterly; Mar2008, Vol. 69 Issue 1, p45-60, 16p
Geographic Terms: CHINA
People: IBSEN, Henrik, 1828-1906. Dukkehjem. English
Abstract: This essay explores the development of the modern Chinese woman through 20th century Chinese drama. In particular, the essay discusses the influence of Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen in Chinese drama and the creation of several Chinese answers to Ibsens character Nora from his play A Dolls House.The plays of dramatist Cao Yu are analyzed in this context. An overview of Chinas feminist movement in the early 20th century and following the May Fourth period is offered.
Author Affiliations: 1Nanjing University

2. Three of the plays look at the difficulties of marriage and power. What does each play suggest about marriage and gender balance? How are they different? Do any of the plays offer a resolution?

Authors: Ford, Karen1
Source: Screen Education; 2005, Issue 37, p156-158, 3p
Document Type: Article
Subject Terms: *SOCIAL role
MAN-woman relationships
Reviews & Products: DOLLS House, A (Theatrical production)
People: IBSEN, Henrik, 1828-1906
Abstract: The article focuses on the theatrical production A Dolls House,by Henrik Ibsen. Henrik Ibsens stifling realist play about misfortune and illusion demonstrates the problems associated with making mature choices when one is considered a Doll child.A Dolls House explores the issues of social convention, a womans place in a patriarchal world, the price of independence and the nature of relationships. As a piece of realist theatre, Ibsens work places emphasis on the stagecraft elements of a boxed stage (often with a ceiling), the characters relationship with the space around them, while also having a conscious focus on everyday language and dialogue.

Source: American Theatre, Feb2011, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p28-85, 6p
Document Type: Article
Subject Terms: DOLLS House, A (Theatrical production)
IBSEN, Henrik, 1828-1906
STAGE adaptations
NORA: A Dolls House (Theatrical production)
DOLLHOUSE (Theatrical production)
TELEVISION adaptations
Geographic Terms: UNITED States
Abstract: This article explores several adaptations of the play A Dolls House,written by Henrik Ibsen, across the globe. A number of theatrical companies performed versions the play, including Nora (A Dolls House)at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York City in 2004, and Dollhouseat the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. The plays main characters, Torvald and Nora Helmer, were portrayed by different actors. The play was also adapted into a television