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W HAT IS REALISM WAS ITS ARRIVAL GOOD FOR THEATRE Realism is the movement toward representing reality as it is in art Realistic drama is an attempt to portray life on stage a movement away from the conventional melodramas and sentimental comedies of the 1700s It is expressed in theatre through the use of symbolism character development stage setting and storyline and is exemplified in plays such as Henrik Ibsens A Dolls House and Anton Chekhovs The Three Sisters The arrival of realism was indeed good for theatre as it promoted greater audience involvement and raised awareness of contemporary social and moral issues It also provided and continues to provide a medium through which playwrights can express their views about societal values attitudes and morals A Dolls House is the tragedy of a Norwegian housewife who is compelled to challenge law society and her husbands value system It can be clearly recognized as a realistic problem drama for it is a case where the individual is in opposition to a hostile society Ibsens sympathy with the feminine cause has been praised and criticized as he requires the audience to judge the words and actions of the characters in order to reassess the values of society The characters in A Dolls House are quite complex and contradictory no longer stereotypes In Act II Nora expresses her repulsion about a fancy dress worn to please Torvald her husband I wish Id torn it to pieces she attempts to restore it and resign herself to her situation right after Ill ask Mrs Linde to help In Act III Torvald ignores his wifes plea for forgiveness in order to make a moral judgement Youve killed my happinessYouve destroyed my future I can never trust you again Later on in the same act he contradicts himself Ill change I can change- much after Nora confronts him Sit here Torvald We have to
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