Journal #2 for
A Doll's House
Assignment due for class discussion on Thursday, 4/24
- "A Doll's House" was
extremely controversial, and one famous actress in Germany refused to play
Nora unless the ending were changed. Since Ibsen had no control over how the
play was performed in Germany, he wrote an alternate ending himself, in which
Torvald makes Nora takes a last look at their children before leaving and,
seeing them, she loses her will to go. Ibsen called this new ending a
"barbaric outrage," but critic Otto Reinert suggests that the German version
might be "a stronger indictment of male society" than the original.
Discuss what he might mean and whether you agree.