This is a free study guide to A Dolls House written by Henrik Ibsen. When this play was first performed in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1879, it provoked a storm. The theme of Dolls House, a woman's right to individual self-fulfillment, was considered highly subversive in an age when women were not allowed to conduct business without the authority of a father or husband, and were considered to be their property. Women were not allowed to vote, and divorce, though allowed, carried a heavy social stigma and was available only when both partners agreed.
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Author: Henrik Ibsen
Published: February 1992
Pages: 72 pages