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Free Barron's Booknotes-A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen-Free Book Notes
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TERM PAPER IDEAS / ESSAY IDEAS / BOOK REPORT TOPICS

THE PLAY AND LITERARY TOPICS

1. A Doll's House as a breakthrough in modern theater.

2. Ibsen's use of visual symbols in A Doll's House, including set, props, and costumes.

3. Ibsen's use of dramatic irony in A Doll's House.

4. The significance of past action in A Doll's House.

5. Nora and Torvald's fantasies; how they shape the play.


6. Ibsen as a humanist, or Ibsen's road to A Doll's House.

7. How A Doll's House evolved into Ghosts.

8. Psychology and the subconscious in A Doll's House.

9. An analysis of alternate endings produced for A Doll's House

THEMES

1. Women in a masculine world: A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler.

2. Nora's search for self.

3. Truth as constructive and destructive in A Doll's House.

4. Nora and Torvald as symbols of male and female.

5. Heredity and disease in A Doll's House.

6. The theme of death in A Doll's House.

7. How the present is "pregnant with the past" in A Doll's House.

8. Society and the individual in A Doll's House.

9. Appearance and reality in A Doll's House.

10. Reactions to A Doll's House: in Ibsen's time and today.

STRUCTURE

1. The piece bien faite: how Ibsen transcended it.

2. The "unrelenting cohesion" (unity) of A Doll's House.

3. The role of fate and past actions in Oedipus Rex and A Doll's House.

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