Torvald has now found out how Nora came up with the money to go on vacation with. He has also found out who gave her the money and she was having trouble paying all of this back. Torvald is now torn that she did not mention this to him and was planning on keeping it from him for a very long time. This is shown that she will not tell him for a while when she says, “” Well, maybe someday. But not for a long time.
When Nora was forced to reveal the truth to Torvald it showed just how much Torvald really cared about what others thought. He was so worried about her ruining his reputation that he could have cared less what happened to her. Krogstad unintentionally showed Nora just how little she really meant to Torvald. He gave Nora the independence she needed to leave Torvald
This is clear first when Torvald and Nora are talking, and this exchange happens, “Torvald. I would gladly work night and day for you, Nora — bear sorrow and want for your sake. But no man would sacrifice his honour for the one he loves. Nora. It is a thing hundreds of thousands of women have done,” (III).
All these eight years-she who was my joy and pride- a hypocrite, a liar- worse, worse- a criminal!” (Ibsen). Although Torvald is right about Nora lying, he seems to have forgotten what Nora has done to try and protect his reputation and his pride. That indeed her behavior is quite twisted, she still acted in somewhat of a selfless way to protect her pompous husband. Torvald goes further and tells Nora: “You will still remain in my house, that is a matter of course. But I shall not allow you to bring up the children; I dare not trust them to you” (Ibsen).
Analyzing Nora’s both enriching and alienating experience with exile further reveals the ideas Ibsen intended to convey. From a broad perspective, Torvald represents the traditional, patriarchal structure that makes men the head of the household and women subservient to men. His character also signifies such a society’s insecurity toward the threats of woman empowerment. Having the antagonist symbolize society at the time the play was written was Ibsen’s way of challenging such established social values including but not limited to the confining gender roles, evident in Nora and Torvald’s relationship. Moreover, the latter also portrays the importance of reputation, which was the last straw in Nora’s abandonment of her marriage.
As a result of Considering Nora is naive, and inexperienced to be bothered with such details. As head of the house, he holds the money and he is the only one who need to be aware of the state of the family finances. Torvald is proved to be the more childlike of the two. Dr. Rand points out that Torvald needs to be protected from the harshness
Freedom is something that many people have sought and continue to look for on a daily basis, and the characters in Henrik Ibsen’s play, A Doll’s House, demonstrate a search for freedom from various aspects of life. Some characters want to be free from the social roles that have been established by the time period, others look to be liberated from monetary obligations they have, and some want to be rid of the reputations that are surrounding them. The characters throughout the play express the desire to be free from whatever his hindering them. When people are in difficult situations, they usually look to freedom as the end goal. It is sometimes seen as the reward for hard work and determination.
Nora expected Torvald to take the blame for her mistakes “When he’d done that, I was so utterly sure that you’d step forward, take the blame on yourself and say: I am the guilty one” (592). While Nora does say that she would defend her husband if he were to do so, Nora wanted Torvald to attempt to take the blame for her illegally borrowing money. She was so used to Torvald consistently taking care of her, Nora expected him to swoop in and take save her in her time of need. A husband and wife should be able to defend each other and ensure the other’s safety but even more importantly, Nora should have been able to be honest with Torvald from the
He knows that there is more to marriage than just having honesty and trust. Yes, honesty and trust are big and there should be some in a marriage, but Henrik Ibsen is shows that there needs to be more by making Nora the main character and expressing more how she feels. He promotes this values of having more to marriage than honesty and trust by showing us slowly throughout the play how miserable Nora really was. He was promoting this when Nora would rebel and tell her friends Mrs. Lindel and Dr. Rank what she really desired to do behind her husband 's back. He also promoted that there 's more to marriage when Nora decided she could no longer live the same way she had been living for the last eight years of her
In act three Mrs. Linde sits in the Helmers’ house, waiting for Krogstad in order to persuade him of retiring the letter (which affected Nora’s relationship by telling the truth about the money loan) from the letterbox, she suggests that they have “a great deal to talk about,” Mrs. Linde starts by saying that she felt the marriage was necessary for the sake of her brothers and mother but regrets having ignored her heart, which told her to stay with Krogstad. She tells Krogstad that she wants to get back together with him, to take care of him and his children. Knowing this, Krogstad’s eyes quickly felt with tears of joy and