📕Title: A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

📌Summary info

Henrik Ibsen's 'A Doll's House' is a groundbreaking play that explores themes of individuality, freedom, and societal expectations. Set in a Norwegian town in the late 19th century, the play centers on Nora Helmer and her husband Torvald. Initially appearing as a naive and dependent wife, Nora gradually reveals her discontent with her life and the constraints imposed by her marriage and society. The plot unfolds as Nora's past actions to save her husband's life by secretly borrowing money come to light, leading to a crisis that ultimately results in her decision to leave her husband and children in search of her own identity and independence.


  • Nora's transformation from a subservient wife to an independent woman challenges traditional gender roles.
  • Ibsen's critique of societal norms and the institution of marriage during the 19th century.
  • The play's focus on the theme of personal freedom versus societal expectations.
  • The revelation of Nora's secret debt and its consequences on her marriage.
  • The controversial ending where Nora leaves her family to discover her own identity.


  • Nora: 'I must stand quite alone, if I am to understand myself and everything about me.'
  • Torvald: 'No man would sacrifice his honor for the one he loves.' Nora: 'It is a thing hundreds of thousands of women have done.'
  • Nora: 'I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I was papa's doll-child.'
  • Nora: 'I believe that before all else I am a reasonable human being, just as you are.'
  • Torvald: 'You have destroyed all my happiness. You have ruined all my future.'

🎁 Enlightening Parts

  • Nora's realization of her own capabilities and desires beyond her roles as wife and mother.
  • The portrayal of societal pressures and the conflict between individual desires and social conventions.
  • The exploration of the theme of financial independence and its impact on personal relationships.
  • The critique of superficial relationships based on societal expectations rather than genuine understanding.
  • The bold statement the play makes about a woman's right to self-discovery and self-fulfillment.

✍️Author Information

Henrik Ibsen


source book in:
A Doll's House : a play's GPTs

📢 Learn More !

📚Book category

  • Drama
  • Plays