FIRST: Your paper needs to discuss ONE theme from the text of the play A Doll’s

FIRST: Your paper needs to discuss ONE theme from the text of the play A Doll’s House. A theme, for
the purposes of this class, is an argument the play makes. (example: violence to get money is not worth
Clearly state the theme you found in the play, and then back it up with evidence. Use lines from the play, plot
points, etc., to explain to me why you think the play is making this particular argument.
Be careful that your theme is an argument that the play is making.
(Example: “this play is about violence” is not an argument; “This play argues that violence for money is
not worth it” is an argument).
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SECOND: Your paper needs to describe ONE significant aspect of the production of Mabou Mines’
Describe an aspect of the production (lights, costumes, sound, set, etc.) in detail. Do not just write, “The set was
a modern kitchen.” Instead describe it in detail: “The main part of the set was a modern kitchen with a large
white stove, a large white sink, a wooden counter with cupboards above and below it. Its floor was black and
white linoleum, and a small chandelier above a round, wooden table in the corner,” etc.
Unsure whether you are writing about play or production? Ask yourself: If I saw another production of this
play, would what I am writing about have to be there? If so, you are writing about the play, not the production.
Ten Points Will Come From:
THIRD: write about how the production element from Mabou Mines’ DollHouse relates to the theme you
described from Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.
Explain to me how the aspect of production relates to the play’s theme. How did the production element (set,
lights, costumes, etc.) help explain the argument? For example, you might write that the giant, six-foot chair
built for the father helped visually represent his power over the rest of the family and when the chair was
destroyed by his daughter, it helped show the argument that young women must struggle under traditional
gender roles.
An aspect of the production becomes a significant only if you try to think why choices were made, that’s why
you must relate it to a theme of the play. Simply describing the production element is insufficient; arguing how
the production element helped you understand the play’s theme is the assignment.
Who is your audience?
Assume the reader of your paper has read the play, but not seen the production. This means you DO NOT
NEED TO SUMMARIZE THE PLOT OF THE PLAY, but you will need to describe parts of the play and quote
lines from the play to make your argument about the theme and its relation to your chosen production element.
Common Mistakes
A common mistake is to describe a production element without relating it to a theme. You are not writing a

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