History Theatre / ADollsHouse

9th Jul '17 4:49:39 PM MartineBrooke
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** Also deconstructed. Not only paying up the last part of the debt was was more troublesome for Nora than the debt as a whole, but Krogstad turns out to be a complex person with his own motivations instead of a mere money-grubbing asshole.

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** Also deconstructed. Not only was paying up the last part of the debt was was more troublesome for Nora than the debt as a whole, but Krogstad turns out to be a complex person with his own motivations instead of a mere money-grubbing asshole.
18th Jun '17 10:53:30 PM Give1Take2
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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Nora acts like a silly, frivolous airhead to her husband Torvald, but she's actually a very shrewd, intelligent, frugal woman who can juggle her duties as a mother and house wife with little typist jobs on the side (something that required skill and schooling at the time), and stretch every penny for all it's worth to secretly pay back a loan she used to save her husband's life while pretending to use said money to buy frivolous dresses for herself; dresses that she herself made and pass off as professionally tailored clothing. In fact, Torvald's inability to recognize the Badass under the Moron exterior (which she had assumed her husband knew was an act) is part of what disillusions Nora about her husband.


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* {{Irony}} Torvald spends most of the play condescendingly chuckling about what a silly little child Nora is without his patriarchal and paternalistic guidance. In the original ending of the play, when Nora gains enough confidence and self-resolve resolves to leave him, Torvald himself becomes nervous and fumbling, and half-begs her to stay, as he has no idea how he'll get along without her.


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* LoveCannotOvercome: In the original ending of the play, Nora realizes that though she loves her husband and children, she cannot stay with them.


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* LovingAShadow: Nora eventually realizes her and Torvald's marriage is this, on both sides.


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* UngratefulBastard: When Torvald learns about the loan Nora (illegally) took out to pay his medical expenses, [[spoiler:he turns on her, brutally chastises her, and practically disowns her because he fears how public knowledge of this might ruin ''his'' reputation]]. Nora's realization about his true character causes her disillusionment and desire to leave him.
28th May '17 6:13:49 PM julietvalcouer
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** Torvald and Krogstad, leading to the FirstNameBasis problem below (and contrasting sharply with Nora's slightly clueless but genuinely well-intentioned warmth towards ''her'' childhood friend, Christine.


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** It's referred to as "tuberculosis of the spine", which sounds like the above but was an actual disease. It is not, however, the result of Rank's father's dissolute life and Ibsen probably intended this as a {{LampshadeHanging}} of Torvald's unforgiving nature.
31st May '16 8:20:58 PM Shishkahuben
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* DespairDance: The tarantula sequence is definitely one.
14th Mar '16 11:12:28 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* SweetTooth: Nora from the start. She constantly hides some snacks - and eats it when Helmer is not looking. Eventually, he calls her out on it.
2nd Mar '16 2:08:23 PM Eilevgmyhren
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* Jerkass: Torvald falls into this when he finds out about Nora's loan. He brutally chastises her, even to the point of labeling her as an unfit mother, without even so much as a thank you for getting the money to pay his medical bills. When [[spoiler: the debt is forgiven by Krogstad, Torvald immediately snaps back to his usual self, as though nothing had even happened, and neglects to acknowledge how badly he's damaged Nora's feelings, her perception of him, and their marriage]].

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* Jerkass: ItsAllAboutMe: Thorvald is a ''grave'' offender at the end of the play. This, more than anything, convinces Nora that he is not half the man she thought he was.
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Torvald falls into this when he finds out about Nora's loan. He brutally chastises her, even to the point of labeling her as an unfit mother, without even so much as a thank you for getting the money to pay his medical bills. When [[spoiler: the debt is forgiven by Krogstad, Torvald immediately snaps back to his usual self, as though nothing had even happened, and neglects to acknowledge how badly he's damaged Nora's feelings, her perception of him, and their marriage]].
2nd Mar '16 11:25:18 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* DespairDance: The tarantula sequence is definitely one.


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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Rank discussing his father and his preference for particular gastronomic endeavours, especially ... ''oysters'', and at the same time contemplating his inherited disease. [[Theatre/{{Ghosts}} Ibsen would return to that topic later on]].
23rd Nov '15 5:54:15 AM CnHGirl
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* Jerkass: Torvald falls into this when he finds out about Nora's loan. He brutally chastises her, even to the point of labeling her as an unfit mother, without even so much as a thank you for getting the money to pay his medical bills. When [[spoiler: the debt is forgiven by Krogstad, Torvald immediately snaps back to his usual self, as though nothing had even happened, and neglects to acknowledge how badly he's damaged Nora's feelings, her perception of him, and their marriage]].
28th Apr '15 5:56:27 AM Herbert40k
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* RuleOfSymbolism: The play has been examined numerous times from many angles with symbols found everywhere, but one of the most subtle comes from the metadrama which the title invokes: not only is Nora treated by Torvald like a doll, but the nature of theatre as literally looking into the stage rooms where the characters interact like dolls in a dollhouse reinforces Nora's predicament, reminds the audience they are watching a play, and implies how all of RealLife involves similarly being on display to family and society; Nora's LeavingYouToFindMyself moment then becomes a challenge writ large to the audience to do the same in their own lives.
* SympathyBankruptBanker: Averted by Torvald and played straight (but ultimately subverted) by Krogstad.

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* RuleOfSymbolism: The play has been examined numerous times from many angles with symbols found everywhere, but one of the most subtle comes from the metadrama which the title invokes: not only is Nora treated by Torvald like a doll, but the nature of theatre as literally looking into the stage rooms where the characters interact like dolls in a dollhouse reinforces Nora's predicament, reminds the audience they are watching a play, and implies how all of RealLife involves similarly being on display to family and society; Nora's LeavingYouToFindMyself moment then becomes a challenge writ large to the audience to do the same in their own lives.
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* StealthInsult: Krogstad gets one of these in after badmouthing Torvald in front of Nora.
-->'''Nora:''' Mr. Krogstad, a little respect for my husband, please.
-->'''Krogstad:''' Certainly - all the respect he deserves.
* SympathyBankruptBanker: Averted by Torvald (but ultimately played straight) and played straight (but ultimately subverted) by Krogstad.Krogstad. It's complicated.
17th Jan '15 12:13:47 AM CarolC
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* DrivenToSuicide: Nora alludes to this original intent if the scandal of her forgery went out, in hopes of drawing away public disgrace from her husband, who she believed would stand up for her. The extremity of this plans basically illustrates how she romanticized her martial devotion to Torvald.



* LoveRedeems: Zigzagged. Krogstad forgoes the blackmail for Linde's sake and is willing to bury the whole debt thing as well so Torvald never finds out, but she tells him not to do the latter in order to show Nora the truth of her own marriage. When Torvald finds out he ''doesn't'' 'redeem' himself and everything comes crashing down as a result.

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* LoveRedeems: Zigzagged. Krogstad forgoes the blackmail for Linde's sake and is willing to bury the whole debt thing as well so Torvald never finds out, but she tells him not to do the latter (and send in a retraction) in order to show Nora the truth of her own marriage. When Torvald finds out he ''doesn't'' 'redeem' himself and everything comes crashing down as a result.
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