Henrik Ibsen’s classic play A Doll’s House

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Read Henrik Ibsen’s classic play A Doll’s House. Please note that while you read the play, you might want to simultaneously watch one or more of the YouTube versions of the play. Virtually all students say that watching the play gave them a much better understanding than just reading it without any other support.

Reading a play is not like reading a short story or a novel, and until you get used to it, you might find yourself having a difficult time with who is talking to whom and what is going on. This is the only play we are going to read, and if you find yourself struggling, crank up YouTube and watch one or more of the versions posted there.

Can readers or viewers identify with any of the elements of the play today considering the play is over one hundred years old?

What subjects are still relevant today?

Does anyone change in the play? If so, who? When can you tell?

Reading or seeing the play today, is there any way we can see why it was originally banned in England?

Why do you think it might have been banned?

Is the title important? If so, how?

Do you think the play can still shock audiences today?

Can you think of a movie with a similar theme that might move audiences the way this play did when it first appeared?