Dolls House Character Analysis: A Doll's House

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In Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll's House, Torvald and his wife, Nora, live a middle class, conservative life with three children. Nora stays at home while Torvald works as a manager at a bank. Nora fits in a role of the little helpless wife whose husband takes care of everything. During the play, she keeps a secret from her husband that eventually leads to the destruction of her marriage. When the secret surfaces, Nora finds out what kind of man she was married to. Maybe she always knew but now she wants to change everything.

Nora’s friend Linde was the first one to find out about the secret that Nora had been keeping to herself for many years. A few years earlier her husband was terribly sick and needed to get away for a while. With no money, he was unable to go. Nora wanted to do everything she could for her husband to help him get well. In order to do this she needed to borrow money. She borrowed the money from Nils
Krogstad and made
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He was too focused on the fact that her actions would make him lose his manly pride. But later on when Torvald is informed that Krogstad wont tell anyone about this, Torvald calms down and tells Nora that they’r saved. Nora seems upset and he continuously keeps on telling her that he forgives her, as if Nora needed his forgiveness. At this point it becomes clear to Nora that she had been living all these years with a strange man, and had born him three children. 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

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