Brace yourselves, readers. You're entering a blog with belligerent rants/reviews, chaotic writings, incompetent; pointless fangirling... and, oh yeah, GIFS. Fuckloads of them... did I also mention some swearing? I'm an eighteen-year-old girl majoring in Theatre Arts. I may not be an excellent writer, but gosh, I love doing it.
The birth of realism. Henrik Ibsen -- one of the Fathers of realism. A Doll's House -- exceedingly enjoyable.
There's a reason why this play receives the hype, the praise as well as having to read this in college/high school: The films you see and enjoy now wouldn't be what it is if it were not for this play (and many others). Reading this seems tedious because it's like how we live now, right? What's so special about this?
A Doll's House was egregious after this was first published -- it shook the world. Never has there been a play about the common man. Never has there been a play where a woman leaves her husband and children; where a woman decides to leave to "find herself". It simply wasn't done back then. Wives were obedient and submissive. Never could a woman plan something without her husband's knowledge. This, my friends, was the one of the first plays to break the ice. Remember the time period this was written in.
I could give a long review about why A Doll's House is rated five stars. Alas, I merely wanted to put in my two cents because the people who rated this one-star did not understand why this play is considered to be a timeless classic. They didn't understand why Nora was the way she was... or why this play is getting so much attention when there are other different and interesting plays out there that's "a better read".
I performed a scene from here in my acting class last month and I loved playing the role of Nora -- this eccentric, dramatic, and secretive character. She's everything I'm not and because of this, I enjoyed doing it. When you're reading an old novel/play always remember: the writer is not in this era, they do not know that what they've written is being done countless times/is the everyday thing now. Whatever they've done before was entirely new to the readers/viewers of that time.