A Doll's House

Lesson 9

Objective

Analyze Ibsen’s impact as a playwright.

Readings and Materials

Target Task

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Writing Prompt

Ibsen was a radical feminist. Agree or disagree? Defend your answer using evidence from his biography, the play, and any other resources you choose.

Key Questions

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  • What is the format of a well-made play? What characteristics of the genre are present in Ibsen’s play? In what ways is A Doll’s House different than what one would expect from a play of this genre? How is this significant? How does Ibsen adapt the genre?

  • What do you learn about Ibsen from his biography? What do you think were his motivations to write A Doll’s House? In what ways is he a feminist? An activist?

Notes

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Students should read about Ibsen and possibly read the article, "Characteristics of a Well-Made Play" about A Doll’s House as a well-made play. They should also use this article to assess the conformity of A Doll’s House to the characteristics of the genre.