A Doll's House was written in 1879 by Henrik Ibsen. A Doll's House is a play. His success was very important for Norway, and Ibsen became Norway's most popular dramatic figure quickly. The play was said to be written based on Ibsen's own life (gradesaver). This play, and Ibsen himself are both example of realism. Ibsen was one of the first to bring realism to the stage. A Doll's House is about a "woman caught in a straitjacket of social rules" (Ellis and Esler). Critics say, "One of the most compelling elements of Henrik Ibsen's 'A Doll's House' is the frankness with which the subject matter is dealt. This play focuses on the way that women are perceived, specifically in the framework of domesticity" (Tannenbaum). Basically, Ibsen is confronting the issues of women in nineteenth-century Norway (Tannenbaum).