Act One[ edit ] The play opens at Christmas time as Nora Helmer enters her home carrying many packages. Nora's husband Torvald is working in his study when she arrives. He playfully rebukes her for spending so much money on Christmas gifts, calling her his "little squirrel.
Act One[ edit ] The play opens at Christmas time as Nora Helmer enters her home carrying many packages. He playfully rebukes her for spending so much money on Christmas gifts, calling her his "little squirrel.
This year Torvald is due a promotion at the bank where he works, so Nora feels that they can let themselves go a little. The maid announces two visitors: Rank, a close friend of the family, who is let into the study.
Kristine has had a difficult few years, ever since her husband died leaving her with no money or children. Nora says that things have not been easy for them either: Torvald became sick, and they had to travel to Italy so he could recover. Kristine explains that when her mother was ill she had to take care of her brothers, but now that they are grown she feels her life is "unspeakably empty.
Kristine gently tells Nora that she is like a child. Over the years, she has been secretly working and saving up to pay it off. Nora is clearly uneasy when she sees him. Rank leaves the study and mentions that he feels wretched, though like everyone he wants to go on living.
In contrast to his physical illness, he says that the man in the study, Krogstad, is "morally diseased. Nora asks him if he can give Kristine a position at the bank and Torvald is very positive, saying that this is a fortunate moment, as a position has just become available.
A Doll's House (Bokmål: Et dukkehjem; also translated as A Doll House) is a three-act play written by Norway's Henrik Ibsen. It premiered at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 21 December , having been published earlier that month. . A Dolls House - Act I: by Henrik Ibsen: ACT II SCENE - As ACT I. The Christmas Tree is in the corner by the piano, stripped of its ornaments and with burnt-down candle-ends on its dishevelled branches. NORA'S cloak and hat are lying on the sofa. She is alone in the room, walking about uneasily. Play Index, Act I, Act II. The plot of act 1 of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House parallel the plots of more traditional plays by designing to provide exposition and build up the tension of the play. 16 votes/5(15).
Torvald, Kristine, and Dr. Rank leave the house, leaving Nora alone.
The nanny returns with the children and Nora plays with them for a while until Krogstad creeps into the living room and surprises her. Krogstad tells Nora that Torvald intends to fire him at the bank and asks her to intercede with Torvald to allow him to keep his job.
Krogstad leaves and when Torvald returns, Nora tries to convince him not to fire Krogstad. Torvald refuses to hear her pleas, explaining that Krogstad is a liar and a hypocrite and that he committed a terrible crime: Torvald feels physically ill in the presence of a man "poisoning his own children with lies and dissimulation.
Torvald returns from the bank, and Nora pleads with him to reinstate Krogstad, claiming she is worried Krogstad will publish libelous articles about Torvald and ruin his career.
Torvald dismisses her fears and explains that, although Krogstad is a good worker and seems to have turned his life around, he must be fired because he is not deferential enough to Torvald in front of other bank personnel.
Torvald then retires to his study to work. Rank, the family friend, arrives. Nora asks him for a favor, but Rank responds by revealing that he has entered the terminal stage of tuberculosis of the spine and that he has always been secretly in love with her.
Nora tries to deny the first revelation and make light of it but is more disturbed by his declaration of love. She tries clumsily to tell him that she is not in love with him but that she loves him dearly as a friend.
Desperate after being fired by Torvald, Krogstad arrives at the house. Nora explains that she has done her best to persuade her husband, but he refuses to change his mind. Nora tells Kristine of her difficult situation. Having had a relationship with Krogstad in the past before her marriage, Kristine says that they are still in love and promises to try to convince him to relent.
Torvald enters and tries to retrieve his mail, but Nora distracts him by begging him to help her with the dance she has been rehearsing for the costume party, feigning anxiety about performing.A summary of Act Two in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll’s House.
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A Dolls House - Act I: by Henrik Ibsen: ACT II SCENE - As ACT I. The Christmas Tree is in the corner by the piano, stripped of its ornaments and with burnt-down candle-ends on its dishevelled branches. NORA'S cloak and hat are lying on the sofa. She is alone in the room, walking about uneasily.
Play Index, Act I, Act II. In , the centennial of Ibsen's death, A Doll's House held the distinction of being the world's most performed play that year.
UNESCO has inscribed Ibsen's autographed manuscripts of A Doll's House on the Memory of the World Register in , in recognition of their historical value.
The plot of act 1 of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House parallel the plots of more traditional plays by designing to provide exposition and build up the tension of the play. 16 votes/5(15). Written in by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House is a three act play about a seemingly typical housewife who becomes disillusioned and .
This three-act play by Henrik Ibsen takes place entirely within the house of the Helmer family. Torvald Helmer, the father, is a lawyer who has just received a promotion to work at a bank.
His wife, Nora, is excited about his new position because she thinks it will relieve the .