Analysis Of “A Doll’s House” Research Paper

Dramaturgy Summary

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen is one of the first feminist play that appeared as a response to the suppression of females in the male-dominated society. The female perspective is very strong in this play because it uncovers the transformation of the main character, Nora, from a totally suppressed woman to a new type of woman, who is fully conscious of her human dignity and, who wants to stand on the equal ground compared to man. The play is written from the feminist perspective because traditionally women held the inferior position compared to men and their role in society was bound by their household and family life.

However, Ibsen develops a new female character that is different from traditional female characters depicted in other literary works. To put it more precisely, Nora is a woman, who grows consciousness of her human dignity. At first, she does not even have thoughts and ideas of her own. Instead, all her ideas are replicas of those of her father and husband because, in the male-dominated society, only men could have worthy ideas and thoughts, whereas women were not supposed to produce any valuable thought or idea. Before Ibsen, women’s ideas were rather subject to mockery than deep reflection and evaluation. Ibsen develops a new, feminist view, where women hold the centerfold place in the play and her ideas are not only deep but they are also revolutionary. Nora wants to be free, free of her family bounds, free of male domination, free to act as she wants rather than as she has to. Therefore, Nora voices the new, emerging ideology of feminism and shows the way, which women should follow to reach the really equal position in society. At the time, the play shows how strong is the pressure of social norms on people are since, to set finally free, Nora has to abandon her children and her family and start a brand new life.

At the same time, the play is still relevant and remains up-to-date since it clearly shows what gender-related biases and prejudices lead to and how important it is to eliminate the gender inequality. Today, the play helps to take a new, objective view on gender relations and gender roles. Moreover, the play helps to evaluate the progress that the feminism has made since Ibsen’s time.

Community-based Learning Summary

The play that I have seen from ushering is Dear Elizabeth. The play was supposed to be conveyed from a stronger feminist perspective than it actually was conveyed. Probably the director of the play under-performed in the shift of the emphasis on female characters to uncover the play from their perspective. This is why the audience could face difficulties with the adequate understanding of the play and viewing the play from the feminist lens, although such a view on the play was probably not the major goal of the director. The difference from the scene I am working on is the equality between female and male. I believe that Dear Elizabeth showed the equality, although the unprepared part of the audience could miss that point. Anyway, the scene was intended to show that men and women stand on the equal ground and the audience is likely to perceive this message. After watching the play I have learned more ideas of how to stage the scene and to show gender relations from the feminist lens. The revelation of important scenes from the play Dear Elizabeth uncovers large opportunities that actors and directors have to uncover gender relations and important issues, which refer to discrimination and gender inequality as well as they can show the way to the elimination of that inequality.

Performance Analysis

The performance will consist of two characters, who will symbolize the clash of genders and uncover gender relationships in the course of the play. The key choices are to try to move as I talk and the staging is also very important through the performance. These changes would help to achieve the major goals of the play and the specific scene to show the equality of men and women. The changes in the scene will also involve the change of performers movement because the mere monologue or even dialogue of actors is less effective compared to the monologue or dialogued enhanced by the movement of actors. In such a way, actors will enhance their verbal communication by non-verbal one. Movements will make the scene more vivid and comprehensible to the audience since they will perceive not only verbal messages from actors but also visual changes on the stage as actors move in accordance with their words. In addition, the improvement would be the volume, which should vary respectively to changes in the course of the play. For example, I would increase the volume to stress the most important parts of the play and reduce the volume respectively to the change of the emotional tension.

 

Works Cited:

Ibsen, H. A Doll’s House. New York: Penguin Classics, 2012.

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