A Gay Tarantella

Act two of A Doll’s House ends in the climactic performance of the tarantella.

Task: Before we get started, re-read this section of the text. Go back to the conversation between Nora and Kristine. Comment upon the mood here.

To best understand the significance of this performance it is important you understand what the tarantella is. Do a little research into this dance. You might like to start here (though this isn’t the most authoritative source).

Task: Link your understanding of the tarantella to the play. What is the significance here? How does it help us to understand the play.

Image: ‘tarandella napoletana

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