Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’
An overview of the themes in Henrik Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’
This paper provides a description of the general themes apparent in Ibsen’s play ‘A Doll’s House’ and the characters Ibsen creates. In defining the play as a “realism” play, the unique setting Ibsen chooses is analyzed.
“All of the characters in ‘A Doll’s House’ are ordinary, everyday people with whom the 19th Century audience would undoubtedly identify. This notion works in the same way as the naturalistic staging, as it prevented the audience from distancing themselves from ‘those type of people’. One of the most acclaimed aspects of Ibsen’s work is the profound depth and complexity of his characters. The temptation is to label characters as ‘good’ or ‘bad’, ‘moral’ or ‘immoral’, but their complexity makes such a definite distinction difficult. This is perhaps one of the things that most disturbed people at the time. Ibsen disregarded simplistic definitions and introduced the idea that all people contain elements of both good and bad.”