We do not know what happens to Nora when she leaves the house, and that’s not really the point. The point is that she slammed the door and left.
AGAIN, this was NOT considered natural – in life or on the stage.
When the first audiences at the premiere of the play in Norway saw this performance and Nora slammed the door, they remained quietly in their seats and did not clap – they did not think the play had ended. They were waiting for the next scene when Nora returned to the house and made amends with Torvald. That night the stage manager had to come out onto the stage and explain to the audience that the play was over.
Audiences were completely bewildered.
This is important for a couple of reasons.
1. Naturalistic/realistic theatre (as we discussed last class) had certain conventions that audiences had to learn: they were used to romantic theatre and melodrama and thus were used to happy endings and resolutions. 2. Nora is not like the women of her day in one major respect: she is so much stronger
than the bourgeois women of the late 19th century in her Norwegian society (and in European societies more generally) because she had the self-respect that other women were denied.
- Responses to Ibsen
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