The first example we see this is in act 2 when Torvald focuses more on what society thinks of him, or his reputation. He tries to live up to the societal expectations. He cares about what society thinks and wants to maintain a strong role in the family. In all this, Nora’s opinions are ignored and only Torvald has a say on everything. As the male and husband of the entire family, he feels that it is his duty to be the breadwinner, the provider and the head of the household.
She realizes that this is not the way she wants to live or be treated and leaves her life behind to find herself. It was essential for Ibsen to end the play this way, because respect is needed for one to be happy. Throughout the play Nora is treated as if she was a child. The way Torvald refers to her, is somewhat degrading.
Ibsen’s play A Doll 's House, written in 1879, examines the importance of social class and the expectations that follow. A Doll’s House tells the story of married couple, Torvald and Nora Helmer who strive to fulfill social expectation. However, the ending is known to be a shock for some, as roles reverse and Nora comes to realize that she has been mistreated like a doll throughout the whole marriage. Throughout A Dolls House by Henrik Ibsen, doll 's and the dolls house are symbolic of how Nora is a submissive wife controlled and dominated by Torvald, and both are repressed by societal standards. Torvald exhibits patriarchy in his relationship with Nora as he calls her pet names and controls her eating.
The sneaking of macaroons put up with a result of Nora’s role as a child within the marriage. The macaroons show that Nora is not the perfect doll that Torvald tries to mold her into; nevertheless, she is not able to think of any other way where she can prove herself like her husband’s doll. Still, she tries to disguise her real personality and is constantly lying about many things. She hasn’t been taken seriously and treated with very less respect by her husband. Her lies are less a thought of her own character and more a reflection of her husband’s surroundings .She does feel the need to keep up her self –respect, while satisfying her own needs.
Nora realizes that his love for her is not as deep as his self-pride. This realization forces Nora into the real world. It is not only that Torvald would not sacrifice himself for her that opens Nora’s eyes to reality. She did not understand that though Torvald loved her, he loved her as a thing. At the end of the play, Nora deserts her husband so that she may pursue a life with meaning and
In Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Nora, the protagonist, is awakened from her controlled life by her husband causing her to come out of her shell and examine her domestic married life as a wife. To a greater extent, Nora is presented as a submission to her husband, Torvald Helmer, through the use of devices such as imagery, allegory and symbolism. “Symbolism is the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities.” The development of Nora’s character relies greatly on Ibsen’s use of symbols such as the use of the Christmas tree and even the title to explore Nora’s role as a woman and a wife. The title A Doll’s house is a strong and the most effective metaphorical symbol used by Ibsen in portraying how Nora is controlled and played with by
A Doll’s House is a play written by Henrik Ibsen in 1879. It is one of the first dramas which portrays realistic people, human relationships, and situations. It is a feministic play about the development and eventual breaking off of the marital relationship between Nora and her husband Torvald Helmer. Nora, the play’s protagonist, escapes the traditional gender roles, i.e. that the society was male dominated and men were considered superior than women, in order to learn about her true identity and to achieve her true freedom.
In the modern world divorce is not something that is considered overly strange or obtuse regardless of whether the person to instigate the divorce is the husband or wife. For many people, marriage is both a legal contract between two individuals who decide building their life together but also the divine union of two separate spirits. In A “Doll House” by Henrik Ibsen, the character of Nora leaves her husband of several years in order to pursue her own goals in life and find herself. While many people might still see this as a controversial decision as the woman had children with her husband, others instead point out the ways in which Nora acts as a kind of precursor to the women's rights movement as she decides to make a change for her own betterment instead of for the betterment of her family. It is in this light that Nora’s perspective on her life, the changes that she needs to make, and the overall way she is treated by her husband that allows her to make her decision as one that is not only understandable but preferential to the alternative of staying with Torvald.
Nora’s feelings about Torvald’s attitude is evident in the quote from Nora and Torvald’s conversation ”I was your little songbird just as before- your doll whom henceforth you would take particular care to protect from the world because she was so weak and fragile.”(Pg. 102). The literary element is Personification since Nora is being compared to a type of bird as though Nora isn 't human. Nora’s husband also got really mad at Nora for getting money on her own through a loan with Torvalds signature forged by Nora. The childish feeling that Nora is experiencing is also supported by the fact that she can’t have her