However, we now see Nora showing a more adult attitude by stating “I’m a human being” in order to get across the fact that she wants to be treated as an equal and that she is done being an object and in particular a doll. Towards the end of the play we see another sense of irony which is the fact that once Nora brings out her true self and sits Torvald down to tell him the truth, he is completely new to this side of Nora and as a result is shocked. However, with Torvald still wearing his costume from the party, this is a reprsentation of the artificial world he lives in whereby `Nora is his doll, but by confronting him, he realizes that she is not the Nora he thought she was, making him realise that his world is a facade, and that just like Nora, he too, is nothing more than a doll in a pretend
He saw her leaning into the great shimmering wall of color and motion where the family talked and talked and talked to her, where the family prattled and chatted and said her name and smiled at her and said nothing of the bomb that was an inch, now a half inch, now a quarter inch from the top of the hotel (Bradbury 152.) Bradbury is giving an example of how technology isolates and individual. The bombs were closing in on Mildred and she was leaning into the walls, oblivious to the bombs getting closer to her.
Creon here views Antigone as not having power, and believes that she will listen to him because of his power. The idea of how people with power view people who don’t have power, is very prolific with this repetition as seen with these two examples in the
To Sara, as a little girl, “dolls ought to be intimate friends” (Burnett 11). In the earlier chapters, the narrator mentions a lot in the neighborhood of dolls, especially the last doll Sara has, Emily, whom she tells about almost everything to. Sara treats Emily as if it’s a human being, but apparently Sara’s not the only one. The narrator does, too. It can be perceived by noticing the pronoun that comes up to describe the
Analysis of the Character Nora in the “A Doll’s House” Play The play “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen, portrays many different characters with different sides to themselves. A quote by Kurt Vonnegut writes “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be;” this shows us that everyone pretends to be someone, which means the characters in the play have a good chance of pretending to be someone else whom they are not. mInevitably, not every character can show each one of their sides, but rather, it has to be interpreted. Nora, to be specific, has a completely contradictory side to herself that we later discover in the play.
As the heroine states when she removes her clothing, by free will, “felt I was at liberty for the first time in my life” (Carter 2006:72). She only did this after the Beast revealed himself in his true form to her first. It therefore creates an equal status between the two characters, instead of a power play. Here the heroine transgresses the traditional gender role by taking her femininity into her own hands. She enjoys this feeling of liberation to such an extent that she decides to escape from the oppressive world under her gambling father by using a replica doll to replace her.
For him, she was always ‘a doll, a decorated piece of property’, which is also evident when Torvald trains and dresses Nora for ‘tarantella’. Ibsen metaphorically compares Nora’s life with the ‘Christmas Tree’, the tree and Nora have almost the same place in the house, and that is for decoration purpose, also in reality both are dying in the house. Though Nora projects unconditional love, Torvald takes refuge in pretences and hypocrisy for survival in society and at home. Nora, who appears as a child-like, silly woman, in reality, is much more, matured and intelligent, whereas Torvald, who appears to be strong and benign, in reality, is an egotistical man, who cares only about himself. Nora initially interprets her marriage as holy, but in the end, realizes the hypocrisy that existed within her marriage.
The props, which are mostly mirrors and windows in her room, are used to show this. When she is in her room, she happily welcomes her children to the room. This is however, not the reality as depicted by the mirrors when the children are unaware of it . The cinematography at this point focusses on giving the viewers the divergent
Although Ibsen argued that his work was exclusively about the human condition, Ibsen unintentionally created a feminist play. “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen is a feminist play, as shown by demonstrating the risks of defying societal norms and the burden of gender rules through many of his characters. In Ibsen’s opinion, “A Doll’s House” was primarily about the human condition. However, humanism and feminism are both centered around people and their values.
Finally, the last external aspect that influences their love, but not the least important, is the fate. It seems that from the beginning their fate is marked by external aspects, so they are not the responsible of their tragedy. The play starts with the introduction of the term ‘star-crossed lovers’ (Prologue). The idea of being “dolls” manipulated by the stars and destine is transmitted along the whole play, even through the words of Romeo and Juliet who have several intuitions. For instance, when Romeo is going to come into the Capulet´s ball, he says: “I fear, too early: for my mind misgives
Lydia, the mother, started to feel insignificant because the house was doing everything that a wife would do. Lydia says, “This house is wife and mother now, and nursemaid. Can I compete with an African veldt?... I cannot.” In addition, the father, George, takes drugs because he feels unnecessary.
Sadly, I didn’t always have someone to play with because I was the only girl in the house other than my mother. One thing that Tica and myself did similar as children was playing with the dollhouse. When Tica was shearing her story she said that her and her cousin would “imitate” their mothers using the dolls. She said that they would do things like pretend that the dolls were sleeping and they would then get the dolls up and they would “drive” to work and things like that. Those are some of the thing that I would do with my dolls, the only difference would be me not using crayons as markers for where the street, sidewalks, and light polls were.