Archive for March 25, 2020

Online Learning of A Doll’s House, Day 8

Goals for the Week:

  1. Finish reading and analysis of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen.
  2. Understand why A Doll’s House is considered feminist, and how it remains relevant today.
  3. Collaborate with your teacher or classmates to discuss the play.

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Read the second half of act III of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (from when Dr. Rank leaves to the end of the play)
  2. Consider Torvald’s reaction to Krogstad’s letters.
    • How did he react after reading the first letter? How did his behavior change after reading the second letter?
  3. Consider Nora’s actions at the end of the play.
    • What did Nora do at the end of the play? What choice did she make? Do you think she made the right decision?

Today’s Lesson!

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10RL6 Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.

Learning Target: 

I can analyze a particular cultural experience by reading A Doll’s House so that I can understand why Nora’s actions at the end of the play were radical.

Activator: 

Take a look at this scene from the very end of A Doll’s House. This isn’t the very very end, but it is close to it – listen closely to Nora when she talks about her most important duties in life:

Work Session: 

Today we finish reading Act III of A Doll’s House. We will start when

  • Here is my annotated copy of the text. You can add your own comments on Google Docs!
  • Here is the full text of the play  – use this if Google Docs gives you trouble.
  • Here is the full audiobook, if you would rather listen to it. That link should take you directly to where today’s reading starts 🙂

While you read, consider our checklist questions for the day:

  1. Consider Torvald’s reaction to Krogstad’s letters.
    • How did he react after reading the first letter? How did his behavior change after reading the second letter?
  2. Consider Nora’s actions at the end of the play.
    • What did Nora do at the end of the play? What choice did she make? Do you think she made the right decision?

And that’s it! You’ve read the entire play!!! Congratulations!

Closing Session: 

Every time we read a book, you guys are always all like “Can’t we just watch the mooooovieeeeeeeee????” and usually I say no, we’re reading this, and the movie is awful anyway. But in this case, A Doll’s House is a play, and plays are meant to be watched! So here it is!

You’re not required to watch the whole thing, but let’s face it, we’re all bored out of our skulls at this point, right? Watch whatever parts you need to get a better understanding of the play.

Looking Ahead: Tomorrow’s Checklist

If you want to get ahead on things, here is what we’re going to be doing tomorrow!

  1. Read and consider this article on Toxic Masculinity from The New York Times
  2. Read and consider this comic on the concept of “Mental Load”
  3. Read and consider this depressing study on how women are expected to handle all the household work