A Doll's House Play Analysis

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Henrik Ibsen’s use of the ‘miracle’ in ‘A Doll’s House’ highlights the various themes and mainly, showing his disapproval of society through the deceit, lies and manipulation done by Nora, appalling the 19th century audience with his unconventional ideas that are portrayed in this play. The play is set in the late nineteenth century in Norwegia (Norway), starting off at the time of Christmas in Torvald Helmer’s house. The play is about a protagonist Nora, an innocent immature wife of Torvald and a mother of two children, who leads a normal, happy life until her past mistakes catch up to her. The play starts with a vivid description of Nora’s house and her actions of decorating for Christmas. A very homely and happy setting can be seen, with…show more content…
He rather expects her to be more compliant, loyal and wants her to follow the social and moral rules strictly, like he does. Torvald’s assertion that Nora’s lack of understanding of money matters is the result of her gender (“Nora, my Nora, that is just like a woman”) reveals his prejudiced viewpoint on gender roles. Torvald believes a wife’s role is to beautify the home, not only through proper management of domestic life but also through proper behavior and appearance. He quickly makes it known that appearances are very important to him, and that Nora is like an ornament or trophy that serves to beautify his home and his reputation. He tells Nora that he loves her so much that he has wished in the past that Nora’s life were threatened so that he could risk everything to save her. By the point where Torvald had ruined Nora’s expectation, she becomes strangely calm, frozen with comprehension as she begins to recognize the truth about her marriage. The ‘doorbell’ is the sign of recognition by Nora. She recognizes the truth of her marriage, and that she hasn’t found her true identity till now. Thus, she decides to leave the house, and start all over again just to have an identity for
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