Nora is a married woman and has children to take care of. She really has little freedom because of the way Torvald treats her. She is not even I feel as if deep down she knows she is not free and wants something more in her life then to be a entertaining puppet for Torvald. She realizes at the end of the story that Torvald is not good to her because of the way he acted when she told him about forging the signature. When Torvald called her a criminal and other harsh words she realized that she had no true love from Torvald and wanted to be free from him.
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.
Nora is belittled and disrespected by Torvald throughout the play and often placed on a high pedestal. In Act I Nora returns from her day of shopping for the Christmas season and Torvald calls for Nora asking about her about her shopping trip. Torvald states: “Is it my little squirrel bustling about?” and “Has my little spendthrift been wasting money again?” (Ibsen). By giving her these pet names it magnifies that there is definitely a sense of ownership within their marriage, which was very common during this time period. Moving forward into Act III, in the final scenes of the play, the loan that Nora was hiding from Torvald was revealed to him.
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.
“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
How does Ibsen bring out the importance of the minor characters that influence Nora and Torvald in the play A Doll’s House? This essay is about how Ibsen makes the minor characters very important in the play. The question means how Ibsen bring out the characters (Mrs. Linde, Dr. Rank and their three children Ivar Helmer, Bob Hmelmer and Emmy Helmer) to build up and understand what Torvald and Norah truly are. Ibsen created these character to make the readers have a strong and clear understanding of Nora and Torvald. This essay will also include the analysis of the minor characters that outlines Nora’s and Torvald’s character.
In order to be a good human being, she had to come out of her cocoon and have life experience. Nora did not want her kids to be treated by her the same way her father had treated her. Her decision to break the norms of a conservative society shook her husband who had always considered her to be weak. Instead of ending her life, Nora was more practical and felt that it was never too late to grow as a person. In the end, Torvald promises to be a better man, which can be attributed as a positive outcome of Nora’s bold
A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, is a play about a Victorian housewife, Nora Helmer, who rediscovers her role as a woman in her household, liberating herself from an oppressing patriarchy. Subtle details such as the contrast in her talk with male characters before and after the dance party, the Apollonian characteristics and actions, as well as the clothes Nora wears in the three acts come to show how Nora disguises her masculine, independent features under her feminine and loyal outer shell. This representation then comes to show Nora’s revelation of how she can break free of the conventions of the patriarchal structure of her household and to become someone she defines herself as, instead of the loyal wife the patriarchal society defines
In the plays Trifles and A Doll House the reader can see the portrayal of a male society and the way women are where dominated and abused by their husband in the nineteenth century. In A Doll House Nora’s Husband Treats her as if she is and absent minds doll wife that is incapable of thinking for herself. In Trifles Mrs. wright is a woman that have been oppressed and abuse by her husband for so many year that she need to escape one way or another. The woman in the play both took steps to gain there independence in society by any means