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the discussion you will do the following: pick one of the Plays and:

  • What literary elements are used in the play? Offer at least two examples.
  • Identify at least two themes from the play and explain how you know these are themes?
  • How do these two literary elements contribute to the development of the play’s meaning or theme?
  • Share with us your reactions to the play; did you like it and why or did you dislike it and why.

NOTE:  You will use parts of the play to support your ideas, such as summary or quotes; therefore, you will need to include in-text citations and a Reference. In this class we use MLA documentation style; you can find more information on MLA at the, “OWL Purdue Writing Lab (Links to an external site.)

Respond to Peer:  Due Friday by 11:59 pm. Respond to Two classmates. Your response should be at least 50-75 words and should contribute and further the discussion. Ask open ended questions, rather than responding with ‘I agree’ or ‘Good post’, these are not acceptable responses.VideoWhat is Drama (Links to an external site.)


Read, Ibsen, A Doll’s House

Read, Gaspell, Trifles

If you would prefer to watch the play being performed while you read here a link to Trifles, in action:


Trifles by Susan Glaspell, a d’moiselles production in NYC (Links to an external site.)Trifles by Susan Glaspell, a d'moiselles production in NYC

In the play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell, Glaspell uses several literary elements, two being foreshadowing and symbolism. She uses foreshadowing when the bird cage was brought out, by it being shown out of the blue it was hinting relevance to something to come. Next, Glaspell used symbolism when talking about the role of housewives in the time period, and by them being housewives it showed what roles they had without having to describe them in the play. One theme in the play is what role women have during the play. This being their forced reliance on men at the time period. The next theme being portrayed was the actual murder investigation and what the story and motive behind the killing was. The literary elements helped guide and fill in blanks in the play, by doing this it answered questions and helps with the fallowing of the themes in the play. I really didn’t care for this play too much, it was not that interesting and the themes didn’t really connect with me. Though the actors did a good job running it and it didn’t leave me lost, so they did a good should be 70-80 wordIn the play “A doll’s house” by Henrik Ibsen. The themes present are love and marriage, gender bias, and decepcion. The theme of love and marriage is identified through the love between Nora and Torvald. They were a married couple that used to call each other by pet names to show the love between them. The love and marriage theme is demonstrated with Mrs. Linde and Krogstad a couple that ends the play getting married. Also, the character Dr. Rank confessed the love he feels for Nora. Gender Bias is an important theme in A doll’s house that can be recognized as a result of the suppression Nora and the women have to make any decisions, including personal. However, the theme of deception is very important because Nora realizes that Tarvold (husband) was a dominant, possessive, and controlling man who used her as a toy and treat her poorly. “As I am now, I am no wife for you.” (Ibsen 919).  Several literary devices are present in this play, however, two of them are symbolism and foreshadowing. These main literary devices contribute to the development of the play because include Nora’s rebellion against the women stereotypical of the 19th century, the house where she lives, Nora’s changes and dramas, and inequality, etc. “You should have let it alone; you must prevent nothing. After all, it is splendid to be waiting for a wonderful thing to happen” (Ibsen 903). I like reading A doll’s house because it says a lot about how was society back in the 19th century, especially with women. It was interesting to read it and notice how the author Henrik Ibsen develop this modern drama into conflict, love, materialism, possession, pain, and freedom. “Both you and I would have to be so changed that — . Oh, Torvald, I don’t believe any longer in wonderful things happening.” (Ibsen 920) “That our life together would be a real wedlock. Good-bye.” (Ibsen 920).

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