A Doll's House

Lesson 3

Objective

Analyze how Ibsen uses dramatic irony to develop the conflict of the play.

Readings and Materials

Target Task

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Multiple Choice

Helmer’s statement on p. 27, “Because such an…germs of evil,” makes use of all of the following EXCEPT

A.

motif.

B.

metaphor.

C.

personification.

D.

dramatic irony.

E.

synecdoche.

Act One deals with all of the following EXCEPT

A.

the subservient position of women in Victorian society.

B.

money and the sacrifices people make for it.

C.

creativity and the role of the arts in society.

D.

the impact of deceit and lies on relationships.

E.

the discrepancy between appearances and reality.

Writing Prompt

How does Nora’s refusal to see her children at the end of Act 1 develop her internal conflict? Explain using evidence from the text.

Key Questions

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  • What conflict has been introduced to the audience up to this point of the play? Track the development of the conflict (and how it manifests internally and externally) in today’s portion of the drama.

  • On p. 20, “appointment” most likely means what?

  • What do we learn about Nora’s relationship to Mr. Krogstad? What does he want from her? What facts are revealed that further complicate the situation?

  • What parallel does Ibsen create between Krogstad and Nora? How does this further develop the conflict of the play?

  • What is Helmer’s opinion on Krogstad according to pp. 26–28?

  • How does Ibsen use dramatic irony to build suspense in this scene?