Online Learning of A Doll’s House, Day 2

Goals for the Week:

  1. Draft a personal working definition of feminism. Due Friday, March 20th
  2. Read and analyze act I of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen.
  3. Read and analyze act II of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen.

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Read the first half of act I of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (stop when Dr. Rank enters)
  2. Reflect on Nora’s relationship with her husband:
    • How does Torvald Helmer treat Nora?
    • How does Nora respond when Torvald treats her like a child?
  3. Reflect on Nora’s relationship with her childhood friend, Mrs. Linde:
    • How does Nora treat Mrs. Linde?
    • How does Mrs. Linde treat Nora?

Today’s Lesson!

Guest starring my cats, Schroedinger and Memphis

Activator: Check out this video, “A Probably Inadequate Summary of A Doll’s House“. This video is a great (and kinda funny!) overview of the story, so it should get you ready to read the play!

Work Session:

Today you’re going to be reading the first half of Act I of A Doll’s House, beginning at the beginning and stopping when Dr. Rank enters the room.

While you’re reading, pay attention to Nora’s relationships with the other characters. Specifically, look at how she interacts with her husband, Torvald Helmer, and her friend, Christine Linde. Remember the questions from the checklist:

  1. Reflect on Nora’s relationship with her husband:
    • How does Torvald Helmer treat Nora?
    • How does Nora respond when Torvald treats her like a child?
  2. Reflect on Nora’s relationship with her childhood friend, Mrs. Linde:
    • How does Nora treat Mrs. Linde?
    • How does Mrs. Linde treat Nora?

We don’t have a written assignment today, but don’t forget your personal definitions of feminism are due on Friday! 

Get in touch with your teacher if you have any questions or comments, or if you need help understanding the play!

Closing Session: To close out today, let’s take a look at some amazing women in history! Here’s a cool listicle of 10 Amazing Women Who Led Rebellions:

10 Amazing Women Who Led Rebellions

That’s it for today! Thanks for coming to our online learning experience!

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 the second half of act I of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (from when Dr. Rank enters to the end of the act)
  2. Continue to consider Nora’s relationships with the other characters.
    • How does Dr. Rank treat Nora? How is this different from the way Torvald treats her?
    • How does Krogstad treat Nora? How does Nora act around him? How is this different from the way she acts when everyone else?
  3. Reflect on how Nora treats her children.
    • Look specifically at the hide-and-seek scene. What does Nora do with the childrens’ snow clothes? Is she acting like their mother, or their friend? How can you tell?

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