Proposal for a Sequel

     The ending to Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House invites the reader to speculate what happens next for Nora and Torvald. It would be interesting to see a sequel to the 1973 film adaptation of A Doll's House, directed by Joseph Losey. What better way to spark new interest in a controversial issue not only for the nineteenth century but for the twentieth and twenty-first century as well: The Woman Question. Losey shot his film version of A Doll's House during a high period of women's right activities; but, just because we have more women executives now, that does not mean all is as it should be. A sequel is just what the activists ordered.

     In the sequel, I propose each character should be followed up. In the sequel we will follow the characters for five years. Time will allow Nora (Jane Fonda) to adjust to her newfound independence. The children will be old enough to comprehend the situation (at least the oldest two are). Niles Krogstad (Edward Fox) will be established as a respectable and happily married man, and sadly, Dr. Rank (Trevor Howard) will pass on after a couple of years.

     The central action of the sequel will revolve around Nora and Torvald (David Warner), just as it did in the original. Torvald never changes in the sequel. He remains set in his ways, never recognizing Nora in her own right. They are amiable to each other, "for the children," but harbor no hopes of reconciliation. As it is evident from the ending of the original film, Nora is no longer the flighty "sky lark" that she was in the beginning. At first she grapples with herself; she cannot quite come to terms with her completely revamped philosophy of life.

     After spending a long period traveling (which she loves to do), she returns to open her own sweet shop (remember the macaroons). She turns out to be a successful businesswoman, owing to her keen money sense. And just where does she get the capital to open a confectionery?--why, from her dear friend Dr. Rank, the one man that understands and appreciates her.

Jenni Sizemore

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