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Individuality In A Doll's House

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During the Victorian era, the controversial play was written to highlight a female seeking individuality in an immoral society which stirred up more controversy than any other works. In Ibsen’s writing, “A Doll’s House”, women’s lack to having their own purposes and goals was introduced. Throughout the play, Nora Helmer eventually comes into realization that she has to conclude playing the role of a doll and instead seek out her individuality as a heroine. These occurrences are portrayed through an unstable relationship in which women’s role depends on finance, power, and love.

In the nineteenth century, communities had great interest with the changes of social and economic class. Men had the ability to control money, which gave them the
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At the beginning of the play, Nora did feel passionate and devoted towards Torvald. First, she had no idea that this love was not reciprocated. She didn’t think that her “husband” wouldn’t be grateful to her, although she has saved his life. When Torvald says, “Now you have wrecked all my happiness. You have ruined all my future. It is horrible to think of!”, Nora realizes his self-absorbed thinking and that Torvald was a strange man to her. At this point Nora transforms into her authentic character and individuality. She now realizes that her forgery was wrong because it was for an unworthy person. Throughout the play, Nora Helmer is a woman who was spoon-fed all her life by her father and husband as a “doll”. Nora says,” I’ve been your wife-doll here, just as at home I was Papa’s doll-child.” Ibsen uses the idea of “women” and “doll” to show the inauthentic identity that a doll can never express opinions or accomplish anything without the aid of others. Her decision at the end to leave this false life and discover herself as a women is a symbol of realization. At the end of the play, Nora is still finding out “who is right, the world or
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