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A Doll's House Lesson Plan

Introduction to A Doll's House

Ibsen wrote A Doll’s House (1879) during his travels in Italy, and his writing style and ideas were influenced by the revolutionary air of the time in Europe. After the many European revolutions in 1848, many writers, philosophers, and playwrights were developing a new, modern perspective about the world, in response to and challenging the romantic tradition. The second in a series of realist plays by Ibsen, A Doll's House deals with various thematic aspects of gender, marriage, social mores, and societal expectations. The first in Ibsen's series of realist plays, The Pillars of Society (1877), caused a stir throughout Europe, quickly spreading to the avant garde theaters of...

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