Form And Structure Of A Dolls House By Ibsen

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Form and Structure Ibsen・s .A Dolls House・ has two strands to the main plot; one being Nora and Torvald・s relationship (linking Krogstad) and the other, an underlining sub-plot involving Christine and Krogstad.With in the structure of the play Ibsen uses this parallel situation to highlight certain aspects of each character, for example the sobriety of Christine to the careless child like manner of Nora.Ibsen uses many different styles of from and structure to make sure the audience is grasped by his play. He himself is a naturalistic writer which is witnessed in the composition .He calls his play :a tragedy of the contemporary age; as he was one of the first to write about the lives of modern ordinary people in prose, though in fact there are many aspects to the play that contain other theatrical devices.TRADITIONAL TRAGEDY In classical tragedy the protagonist has a intrinsically tragic flaw that will inevitably lead to his/her death (this could be the death of the old Nora, but generally in modern tragedy the flaw does not always lead to death and the hero is usually the victim of corruptions and restrictions in his/her society) On stage during the period which makes change, the character displays a side of the personality that the audience has never seen, such as Nora becoming mature and sensible.THE WELL MADE PLAY Exposition - coincidence - revelation - resolution.One of Ibsen・s most shocking strategy in the text is his apparent indifference to the use of the widely accepted .well made play・, though in fact the first and third orders of the WMP can not be ignored (unless the audience stay uninformed and ignorant though out the first and seconded act) and are utilized by Ibsen in a way any other play write of the day might. The second is used for massive effect to the plot for example it is a great coincidence that Krogstad is a long lost love of Christine and has committed a crime not dissimilar to the one we are condemning her for heightening dramatic irony. The fourth (shown above) is overtly bypassed and instead of denouement and reconciliation there is a confrontation and expectation.Ibsen demands both an emotional and intellectual response form the audience he is asking them what there conclusions are and provoking thought and response.Many in his time would feel an outrage at the play ending as this and an instant dislike of Nora but those were the people Ibsen were writing it for as those people were the people who had shaped the society Nora had had to break free from..You go to the theatre for relaxation and amusement not for instruction or correction・ written by one of Ibsen・s contemporaries and a man of the latter, and in direct contrast with Ibsen・s open involvement in drama prompting change, using theatre as a...

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