SparkNotes: A Doll’s House: Context

Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll’s House. Literature: An Intro to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing.
12th ed. X.J Kennedy, and Dana Gioia. Pearson: Upper Saddle River, NJ. 1598-1650

By 1878-79, when A Doll House was written, women’s rights had become aburning issue.

But who, if you read through the seventeen hundred and seventy-five poems—who—woman or man—could have passed through that imagination and not come out transmuted? Given the space created by her in that corner room, with its window-light, its potted plants and work-table, given that personality, capable of imposing its terms on a household, on a whole community, what single theory could hope to contain her, when she’d put it all together in that space?


“The Doll House”. Question: What was the significance …

I am travelling at the speed of time, in the direction of the house and buildings.

From Northampton bypass there’s a 4-mile stretch of road to Amherst—Route 9—between fruit farms, steakhouses, supermarkets. The new University of Massachusetts rears its skyscrapers up from the plain against the Pelham Hills. There is new money here, real estate, motels. Amherst succeeds on Hadley almost without notice. Amherst is green, rich-looking, secure; we’re suddenly in the center of town, the crossroads of the campus, old New England college buildings spread around two village greens, a scene I remember as almost exactly the same in the dim past of my undergraduate years when I used to come there for college weekends.