Naturalism Theatre Essay

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“How did Realism Theatre help to find an era of new Theatre and Plays?” Chosen text of study- “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen (written 1879) Motives: I have chosen to study this piece due to the fact that within the piece there are many different examples of Realism which help show a new “touching” piece of Theatre. Throughout the piece there are also lots of important themes such as freedom, financial status and the sacrificial role of women which are evident in today’s Theatre and so we can compare between modern Theatre and Theatre pre-1900. I also plan to show how this particular piece differed from others that were written at the same time as it. I plan to use different websites and books in order to explain how realism helped a constant evolution of new plays and so the new became the old. I shall also be exploring and idea of Naturalisms vs. Realism to see which at the time was considered more appropriate. Content It was A Doll’s House which made Ibsen well-known all over Europe. A Doll's House is widely considered to be one of the prime examples of realism. From 1879 when it was produced first, it took ten years or more for England, France and America to receive the impact of this play and Ibsen was no longer a playwright confined to Norway but belonged to the whole of Europe. Realism as a dramatic art form dates back to 19th century – specifically to the plays of Ibsen. It started as a movement in theatre against Romanticism. The realists were interested in the physical than the spiritual. Henrik Ibsen is said to be the father of the realist movement of the 19th century. His realistic drama of ideas surpassed other such works because they blend together a complex plot, a detailed setting and middle-class emergence of ordinary people (Nora and Torvald). Theatre of conformity produces plays that are cheap, ordinary and easy-to-respond. They do not

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