Welcome to Weekly Wonder, a weekly series in which we add treasures to your TBRs.
This week’s Wonder is:
A DOLL’S HOUSE BY HENRIK IBSEN
SO, WHAT’S UP WITH THE STORY?
Nora is her husband, Torvald’s skylark, his squirrel but is she his wife? As her almost decade long deception unfolds in her husband’s eyes, so does the reality of life in hers. Will she be able to see it as amidst the chaos of life turning upside down? Read the book to find out!
A GLIMPSE BETWEEN THE PAGES
“You have never loved me. You have only thought it pleasant to be in love with me.”
“Helmer: I would gladly work night and day for you. Nora- bear sorrow and want for your sake. But no man would sacrifice his honor for the one he loves.
Nora: It is a thing hundreds of thousands of women have done.”
“Nora: Torvald, don’t look at me like that!
Torvald: Can’t I look at my richest treasure? At all that beauty that’s mine, mine alone-completely and utterly.”
“Our home has been nothing but a playroom. I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I was papa’s doll-child; and here the children have been my dolls.”
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT
- This is one of those plays that can be enjoyed both on the page as well as the stage and even the screen. Check out these trailers:
- This modern response to the play:
- This play was banned because of its potrayal of women. I love any work of art that is so ahead of its times that it becomes revolutionary enough to be banned.
- I love how the tarantella plays out and the role it plays in the book.
- The way the financial dependence of women on men has been potrayed is amazing!
- The ending. Oh my goodness, the ending.
Warning: Do NOT read the alternative ending!
Have you read it? What did you think of it?
If not, do you plan to read it?
Let me know it all in the comments below!