Once upon a time there were two bookworms who wanted to read Classics. But they were afraid, a little intimidated and needed encouragement. So they joined forces and formed the Dust off your Classics challenge to support each other. Dee from Dee Read’s and myself read our way through some good classics, some great classics and found so much in these books that is surprisingly still relevant. So much so that I want to continue reading them and will continue to share my thoughts here on any I get through.
This time around I’m dusting off a classic play that was recommended to me by Rita of View from My Home. She mentioned that she studied it years ago in a Women’s Lit class and after loving The Handmaiden’s Tale, I was up for more in this category.A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
Published by Hard Press on 2 Jan 1879
Genres: Classic, Emotions & Feelings, play
Source: Kindle Freebie
Narrator: Claire Danes
One of the best-known, most frequently performed of modern plays, displaying Ibsen's genius for realistic prose drama. A classic expression of women's rights, the play builds to a climax in which the central character, Nora, rejects a smothering marriage and life in "a doll's house." A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
Five Classic Reasons to dust off and read A Doll’s House :
- Timeless Theme: The theme of what a woman’s role in a family should be is a timeless. As are disputes over money. These premises made the play still seem relevant today.
- Entertaining: If you are put off reading classics because you think they will be dull or hard to wade though, then this is one that might change your mind. The language is very straight forward and I was thoroughly entertained by the story. Infuriated but entertained.
- Very quick read: This play is only 90 odd pages long and took me less than 1 hour to read so it’s only a very short time investment. And it’s well worth it.
- Interesting symbolism throughout. Even the name itself suggests that Nora is just a doll living within a dolls house being moved around at her husband’s whim. The names he calls her ‘my little squirrel’ and ‘my skylark’ make me grit my teeth as they came across as condescending and showed his thoughts on the role of a wife.
- Divisive Ending: The ending made me think so hard! I kind of hated it View Spoiler »as I felt as Nora was a mother this was just the wrong move. I debated with myself if I was making choices for Nora based on her gender but in all honesty I wasn’t. I was making them because her husband was a twat and should not be left to raise their children with his hypocritical and small minded ideas. « Hide SpoilerBut I loved that it made me think so long after I had finished reading it.
“I believe that before anything else I’m a human being — just as much as you are… or at any rate I shall try to become one. I know quite well that most people would agree with you, Torvald, and that you have warrant for it in books; but I can’t be satisfied any longer with what most people say, and with what’s in books. I must think things out for myself and try to understand them.”
|Did I feel it?|
Who should read A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen?
Well you! If you three or more or my reasons above resonate with you!