“Torvald is so absurdly fond of me that he wants me absolutely to himself, as he says.” This quote is said from Nora to a close friend of hers in the play The Dolls House by Henrik Ibson, and it is a perfect encapsulation of how perspective changes the reading of a story. While a neutral reader would see this line as bad but understandable, A female young adult reader growing up in a time and setting where she has taught to be comfortable about her sexuality would have a very different impression of this line. This female reader would judge TorvaldTovald much more harshly and more lasting than the average reader It is an irrefutable fact that Torvald treat Nora like a child, and this reader would be offended by this. For an example close to
Nora has a passion for these writings and done them in her spare time where she would then sell them to get money in return. While loving her family she became concerned with Torvald her husband. She was fearful that her husband was becoming too stressed and would become ill. The family did not have the money on hand so she figured she would be a worthy wife and give Torvald an enjoyable vacation to relieve some of his stress. She had his best interest in mind and only wanted to care for him and make him joyful again.
In “A Doll’s House”, Nora wanted freedom from Torvald. By both authors, freedom is defined and shown in different ways. Freedom in “A Doll’s House” is what Torvald has control of and Nora does not. Torvald can do whatever he wants and has all the freedom while Nora can not even eat a macaroon without Torvald saying something about it. Nora basically gets treated like a child by Torvald.
This brings in to question whether or not it is acceptable for a woman to simply walk away from a marriage, involving three children, and not attempt to work things out. Nora realizes she and the life she has been living has been a complete construct of the way society expects her to be. Nora is Torvald’s doll and her life has not amounted to anything more than making sure he and the world around her is happy. The result of the inequalities she is faced with results in Nora being completely unhappy. Torvald fails to recognize everything that Nora does to ensure his happiness.
When Nathan first decides he wants to marry her, Orleanna wasn’t sure if she wanted to marry him, but her answer was “taken to be a foregone conclusion” (195) because everyone, her family, friends, community, and Nathan assumed that’s the life she had to want. The goal of most women in this time was to get married and start a family, so Orleanna’s opinion was never asked, just automatically taken to be a “yes.” But, even though she didn’t really want to marry him, either way she wouldn’t have spoken up for herself. This is demonstrated when she says “if anyone had been waiting for my opinion, I wouldn’t have known how to form one”. (195) Orleanna has spent her whole life letting people make her decisions for her, so much so that she didn’t even know how to speak up for herself over her engagement to Nathan. On the rare instance Orleanna would represent herself and her feelings in some way, Nathan “habitually overlooked” her.
In this situation, Nora is collective as well—she was calm about her remaining hours instead of being overwhelmed by negative emotions concerning death. Nora’s ability to use simple math and being calm about her fate brings out her masculinity, which in turn shows how Nora breaks free of the conventional Victorian label that women only duty is to raise children and do housework, and that she is capable of performing male-exclusive work alongside with female-exclusive
“To desert your home, your husband and your children! And you don‘t consider what people will say! I cannot consider that at all. I only know that it is necessary for me.” This shows the unwillingness of Edna and Nora has to give up their self for their kids because both women has worked to hard on finding themselves that their unwilling to lose themselves
Lies help to cover the harsh reality of the truth. Children use lies to cover very simple mistakes, however, adults like Nora and Torvald in A Doll’s House, use lies to maintain the security and simplicity of their homestead. Nora especially has to lead a life of submission to patronizing authority. Her wanting to keep this simple, submissive life has roots in her act of deceiving Torvald the entire play, as well as their marriage as a whole. Nora also understands the repercussions of revealing her secret, therefore she keeps this secret in an effort to save Torvald’s reputation.
This initiated an argument that brought reralization to Nora that was a just a facade, “You have never loved me. You have only thought of it pleasant to be be in love with me” (1388). She the becomes aware that she was merely a doll, filling in the role of a mother and a wife, “ our home has been nothing but a playroom. I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I was papa’s doll-child” (1389). Nora realizes that Torvald will never put himself before her to protect her, it was her who was protecting him from judgement, “ Nora imagines that once Helmer learns about her crime, he will generously and heroically offer to rescue her by sacrificing himself” (Moi