The Role Of Nora In A Doll's House By Henrik Ibsen

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Although Henrik Ibsen presents Nora as an innocent character at the beginning of the play A Doll´s House, there were signs of rebellion that made the audience somehow foresee the final act. But to recognize these signs of insurgence, we must to take into consideration – throughout the following essay – that this play took place during the 1870s. At that time, women had fewer rights than men. They were dependent, as they had to live their entire life under the shadow of men. Women themselves passed from their father’s responsibility to their husband’s responsibility, and so did their rights . Nora puts this idea forward in the phrase: “I mean that I simply transformed from papa’s hands into yours. You arranged everything according to your own taste, and so I got the same tastes as you else I pretended to (…)” ; which means…show more content…
Because of her being part of one of the highest upper social classes, she was expected to have a nurse that takes care of the housework; but that did not mean that she had to stop acting as a mother with them. For example, “Nora takes off the children’s things and throws them about (…)” . This is not a decent mother’s anticipated behavior, which would have instead been to accommodate the coats in a proper manner for Anny, the maid, to put them in the right place. The standards of society represent women as housekeepers which have to complete the role of taking care of their children . As Nora does not satisfy any of these roles, we can conclude that she is rebelling against these expectations of society, because she is not taking care of her three children as she ought to. Moreover, Nora treats her children as dolls, by only using them to show off with visitors. This is one case of situational irony, where Nora treats her children the same way Torvald treats her, even when she explicitly criticizes that

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