Nora finally finds the courage and strength to free herself. She figures out that she was simply transferred from her father’s hands into Torvald’s. Her father called her his doll-child while also Torvald treats her like a puppet and plays tricks on her. She states how
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.
Did you know that there is injustice in the play A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen? The men in A Doll’s House treat women differently than how they treat other men. To society at the time men were above women. This idea is supported by the way that Nora is treated like a child by her husband Torvald, the way Nora has to follow all her husband’s decisions, during that time period women didn 't typically have a job or education. When all of the evidence is presented the reader can, therefore, decided whether or not they agree that women are treated very unjustly compared to men.
Nora’s pretense leads to the unveiling of her character where she is revealed to be a daring character as she fears her husband but simultaneously disobeys his commands. However, Nora reveals some secrets to Mrs.Linde, a childhood friend where she admits to the fact that she forges her father’s signature in order to acquire some money to pay for her husband’s expenses during his period of illness. Ibsen uses the macaroons to represent Nora’s disobedience and at the same time to represent all the secrets that she hides from her husband, i.e. her action of
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 lies and cheats out her friends and family in the beginning but then learns to use her superego in the end. She goes through act one listening to her id and focusing on her desires. Throughout the rest of the book she becomes more aware of her superego. She becomes more rational about her problems and chooses the best possible solution. She becomes a strong independent woman by leaving her husband because she felt she protecting not only herself but her family as well.
The 19th Century was a resolute period for human rights as for women’s rights. In A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, the protagonist Nora is the emblematic Angel in the House, submissive to her husband, Torvald. Nora decides to ostracize herself from the society she’s always been a part of by leaving her children and her husband in the pursuit of a new life. The author, however, doesn’t ever address the events that happen after her exit, which leaves the reader with an ambiguous ending. The ending’s purpose is to have a rupture between Nora’s past and future, but still being realistic and showing that there are hopes for a return.
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
Nora is oppressed in such way where she has been preserved like a child. Nora has been coordinated by her husband for most her life. As she says “ 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” (62). This clearly indicates the way Nora feels, how her husband is viewing her. The fact that she states she is a “doll” indicates that she is an object that is owned by her husband.
The reader becomes very aware of the situation Nora is faced with as Ibsen challenges us to think about the societal times women were a part of during the late 1800’s. As Unni Langas states in her article describing gender within the play, “..this drama is not so much about Nora’s struggle to find herself as a human being, as it is about her shocking experience of being treated as a woman..” (Langas, 2005). This gives the reader an insight into Nora Helmer’s character. She is evidently perceived as the Doll trapped in the Doll house, as she is viewed as an entertainer rather than her own person in the eyes of her husband and children. The representation of the doll is symbolically significant as Nora is compared to a beautiful feminine figure, being the doll, but also someone who is treated as a toy and as someone who is disrespected.