A Doll's House

Henrik Ibsen

A Doll's House

Henrik Ibsen

  • 53-page comprehensive study guide
  • Chapter-by-chapter summaries and multiple sections of expert analysis
  • Featured in our MarriageEqualityFeminist Reads collections
  • The ultimate resource for assignments, engaging lessons, and lively book discussions

A Doll's House Thought & Response Prompts

These prompts can be used for in-class discussion, exploratory free-writing, or reflection homework before or after reading the play.

Personal Response Prompt

For many people, the desire to make our loved ones happy can affect our choices. Consider a time when you chose to make someone happy with your actions. What was the situation? What motivated your choices? What was the outcome?

Teaching Suggestion: This Personal Response Prompt links to the Post-Reading Analysis. In exploring the emotions and motivations involved with prioritizing other’s happiness over their own, students establish a foundation from which to later consider the question of self-sacrifice in the play.

Post-Reading Analysis

Consider how Nora interacts with her husband in the play. Why is she concerned with pleasing Torvald? Consider situations in which you aim to prioritize others’ happiness and well-being. Are Nora’s reasons for wanting to make others happy similar to yours? In what way(s)? Explain.

Teaching Suggestion: This question encourages students to empathize with Nora and better understand her desire to please her husband. Your discussion might extend to include the notion of personal fulfillment resulting from our sacrifices for others; how important is that sense of fulfillment? What emotions might erupt if that fulfillment never evolves?

blurred text

Unlock this
Study Guide!

Join SuperSummary to gain instant access to all 53 pages of this Study Guide and thousands of other learning resources.
Get Started
blurred text