Analysis of a Play: A Doll’s House

Final Exam Essay: Analysis of a Play (literary evaluation essay)
Your Final Essay requires you to provide an analysis of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Select ONE of the Topic Questions below, develop an Assertion, a Formal Outline, and write a six-page essay that fully argues your view using evidence from your primary source (the play) and TWO or more scholarly journal articles OR books. A bibliography of possible sources is attached to this assignment.

This is your Final Exam,

  • Your six-page Essay with Works Cited (page 7)
  • Your Draft of at least 2-3 pages
  • Your Formal Outline
  • Your Sources
  • Your Questions for Act I, Act II, Act III

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TOPIC Questions

  1. Is Nora more complex than she first appears? Defend a characterization of Nora as intelligent, passively aggressive, seductive, and manipulative.
  1. In many ways this play is about gaining an identity. Consider how Torvald defines himself and how he is defined by society. Argue that Torvald is shaped by society and thus defines himself accordingly and is unable to develop his own identity apart from society.
  1. The play ends with Nora’s famous rebellion against the husband and the Victorian society that have reduced her to a plaything. Discuss at least three ways Nora rebels against her world before her final departure. Use support for your position from the play and your secondary sources.

Additional Requirements and Information

  • See LSH, 62-65 for literary analyses. Write to an informed audience familiar with the play, so do not provide plot summary.
  • Include a Works Cited page with 1 primary and 2 secondary sources.


  • Give your essay a title that indicates the focus of your discussion.


  • Visit Truxal Library, access databases/catalog, OR access Library Guides link to Ibsen and A Doll’s House to find secondary sources.


  • Take Draft and/or Final Essay to LBRY 136, LIBRY 104, OR upload on Virtual Writing Center website for assistance with grammar, mechanics, organization, content, format, and style before May 9.


  • Introduce the play and playwright in your introductory paragraph. The first time you name Ibsen, use his full name, but in subsequent references, you may use his last name.
  • Use the present tense when referring to the playwright and characters (Ibsen suggests; Torvald’s actions demonstrate; Torvald and Dr. Rank represent; Nora’s rebellion reveals; Nora and Mrs. Linde illustrate).
  • Write in third person, not first person (“I”) or second person (“you”). Do not use contractions, clichés, slang or other forms of informal language.
  • Use quotations that clearly support your ideas and incorporate quotations into your prose. See LSH, 115-16 for in text citation for literary works using MLA format. See LSH, pp. 98-104 for signal phrases to introduce quotes and for guidelines on incorporating quotes into your analysis. No long quotes are permitted for this assignment help online.

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