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Torvald and Nora in in Ibsen's A Doll's House - The Character of Torvald and Nora in A Doll's House   In Ibsen's "A Doll's House", there are many clues that hint at the kind of marriage Nora and Torvald have. It seems that Nora is a type of doll that is controlled by Torvald. Nora is completely dependent on Torvald.  His thoughts and movements are her thoughts and movements.  Nora is a puppet who is dependent on its puppet master for all of its actions.       The most obvious example of Torvald's physical control over Nora can be seen in his teaching of the tarantella....   [tags: A Doll’s House] 1045 words
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Willy and Nora in A Doll's House - Willy and Nora in A Doll's House Henrik Ibsens, A Doll House, is about how a family, particularly Nora Helmer, deals with an old secret that is about to become known to her husband Torvald Helmer. At the start of the play Nora is talking with Torvald. Nora begins to acting like Torvald's "little squirrel" in attempt to get money from him. At that time it is not known what she wants the money for, but Nora says it was for Christmas presents. The actual reason for the money is so she can pay on her little secret....   [tags: Papers] 604 words
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A Doll’s House - Nora - Nora is the central character in the book A Doll’s House and it is through her that Ibsen develops many of his themes To what extent is loyalty shown by the lead female characters characters. What are the consequences of this. Within these two books loyalty is a minor theme and one that is easily missed, indeed it is narrow. However, it is still one which weaves a thread through both of the books encompassing major and minor characters, the material and the abstract. In commencing this discussion one must first refer to the definition of the word “loyalty”; the quality of being loyal....   [tags: English Literature] 1505 words
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Nora's Symbolism in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House - Nora's Symbolism in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House       In every society power is the bringer of fortune and influence. In his play A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen portrays, through the character of Nora, the power women are gaining in patriarchal societies. Nora, who symbolizes all women, exercises her power throughout the entire play. She cleverly manipulates the men around her while, to them, she seems to be staying in her subordinate role. In all three acts of the play Nora controls many situations and yields the most power.  Act I, along with the introduction of Ibsen's tone and style, brought the introduction of power....   [tags: Dolls House essays Ibsen Nora Papers]
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The Awakening of Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House - The Awakening of Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House    The status of women in the 1800's, when A Doll's House was written, was that of a second-class citizen.  Women did not have the right to vote, own property, or make legal transactions.  The role of women was restricted to that of a housewife.          In A Doll's House, Ibsen does a wonderful job of presenting the character of Nora as person who goes though an awakening about her life.  In the beginning, she concerns herself only with being a perfect wife and mother according to the social norms of the time.  Later, she realizes that she cannot continue just being her husband's shadow.  Eventually, she decides that she has duties to herself that are above of those of being a wife.  She confronts the fact that she's not complete being the way that her husband, society and the church want for her to be....   [tags: Dolls House essays Ibsen Feminism Papers]
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“A Doll’s House”: Nora and Torvald as Husband and Wife - ... Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” shows through multiple instances the very sharp gender roles that were drawn during the Victorian era. “And besides, how painful and humiliating it would be for Trovald, with his manly independence, to know that he owed me anything. It would upset our mutual relations altogether; our beautiful happy home would no longer be what it is now (Isben 23).” The woman’s place was in the home, caring for the child and meeting the whims of her husband. “The cornerstone of Victorian Society was the family; the perfect lady’s sole function was marriage and procreation (the two, needless to say, were considered as one)....   [tags: Women's Studies]
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Nora's Decision in Henrik Ibsen’s Play A Doll’s House - ... . there, now it’s all over. I’ve put the keys here. The maids know all about running the house, much better than I do (117-118). This passage illustrates Nora’s independence blossoming from her newfound lifestyle, and it is evident that she feels there to be no place for either a husband, or three young children in her new identity. Another key development in Nora’s crisis is her previous connotations of men. Because Nora’s mother was never present in her upbringing, her father doted on her every need and treated her like his “little doll”....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House] 1116 words
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Nora: An Extraordinary "Doll" in "A Doll's House" - Nora, the wife of Torvald Helmer and mother of three children, plays a fundamental role within Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House," published in 1879. Nora's character demonstrates typical characteristics of the `average woman' during the 1870's and 1880's. Women were not regarded as equals according to men; however women did have a large impact on the economy. This was caused by large sums of money spent on several garments, costumes, and accessories. It was customary, not to mention fashionable, for a woman to wear undergarments, a bustle, narrow shoes, and an expensive, lavish dress as well....   [tags: European Literature] 959 words
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A Doll’s House: Nora - ... He makes the money, and she must always ask him for it, and when Nora is forced to ask Torvald for money it feeds into his control. Torvald has control over Nora in other aspects of her life as well, even ones that Nora should be able to be in complete control of all by herself. Torvald berates Nora about her physical appearance, saying, "Has my little sweet tooth been indulging herself in town today by any chance. ..." (Act 1). Nora often sneaks macaroons, because she can not eat them in front of Torvald for fear of his disapproval....   [tags: henry ibsen] 881 words
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Mrs. Linde as a Foil for Nora in in Ibsen's A Doll's House - Mrs. Linde as a Foil for Nora in A Doll's House Random House Webster's dictionary defines a foil as "a person or thing that makes another seem better by contrast."  This essay will focus on the use of the foil to contrast another character. The characters of Nora and Mrs. Linde provide an excellent example of this literary device. Mrs. Linde's aged, experienced personality is the perfect foil for Nora's childish nature. Mrs. Linde's hard life is used to contrast the frivolity and sheltered aspects of Nora's life....   [tags: Dolls House essays]
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rebeldol Essay on the Rebellion of Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House - The Rebellion of Nora in A Doll's House       A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen, was written during a time when the role of woman was that of comforter, helper, and supporter of man. The play generated great controversy due to the fact that it featured a female protagonist seeking individuality.   A Doll's House was one of the first plays to introduce woman as having her own purposes and goals. The heroine, Nora Helmer, progresses during the course of the play eventually to realize that she must discontinue the role of a doll and seek out her individuality....   [tags: Dolls House essays]
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A Character Analysis of Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House - A Character Analysis of Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House It is a general consensus that women play more than one role after they are married and have a family. These roles include wife, mother, chauffeur, and nurse. In A Doll's House, Nora is given many roles to play and, though some of the above are included, she also plays the role of child, friend, confidante, and manipulator. But the greatest feat that she accomplishes is her star performance as doting daughter and submissive spouse. Nora has been acting out a role to fit everyone's expectations of her since she was a small child....   [tags: Dolls House essays]
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rebeldol Essay on Nora’s Rebellion in Ibsen's A Doll's House - Nora’s Rebellion in A Doll’s House      The central theme of A Doll’s House is Nora’s rebellion against society and everything that was expected of her. Nora shows this by breaking away from all the standards and expectations her husband and society had set up for her. In her time women weren’t supposed to be independent. They were to support their husbands, take care of the children, cook, clean, and make everything perfect around the house. Nora’s first rebellion was when she took out a loan so that she could pay for her husband, Torvalds medical treatment....   [tags: A Doll’s House] 727 words
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freedol Nora's Freedom in Ibsen's A Doll's House - Nora's Freedom in The Doll House        Nora is initially introduced as a macaroon-loving, naïve individual constantly trying to please her husband.  However, when the audience discovers that she borrowed the funds that allowed her and her husband to travel to Italy for a year in order to save Torvald from certain harm, Nora demonstrates that she is actually a much stronger character than originally portrayed.  However, the real problem lies with the way in which she burrowed the money.  In order to get the cash, Nora forged her father's signature.  As a result, she is in debt to the man who leant her the money, Nils Krogstad....   [tags: Dolls House essays]
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Sympathy for Nora in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House - Sympathy for Nora in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House In "A Doll's House," Henrik Ibsen primarily addresses issues not only relating to women in Norway, but to women embarking on twentieth century life in general. To achieve his desired effect, he employs the use of contextual dialog and places Nora as the central character, which gives her a great edge. Because of her prominent role throughout the play, she becomes familiar, and what is familiar is favored. With the lone exception of the exchange between Mrs....   [tags: Dolls House essays]
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freedol Nora's Freedom in Ibsen's A Doll's House - Nora's Freedom in A Doll's House        Perhaps we have all felt the urge to "escape" to some tropical paradise. However, as individuals we have responsibilities and obligations to school, friends and family. These responsibilities and obligations usually keep us from "escaping". It is difficult to balance our personal need for freedom with our responsibility to others.  In Henrik Ibsen's play, A Doll's House, the character of Nora Helmer had suffered greatly to achieve her personal freedom....   [tags: Dolls House essays]
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Transformation of Nora in Henrik Isben's A Doll's House - Transformation of Nora in Henrik Isben's A Doll's House During the time in which Henrik Isben's play, A Doll?s House, took place society frowned upon women asserting themselves. Women were supposed to play a role in which they supported their husbands, took care of their children, and made sure everything was perfect around the house. Nora is portrayed as a doll throughout the play until she realizes the truth about the world she lives in, and cuts herself free. Nora Helmer was a delicate character that had been pampered all of her life, by her father, and by Torvald....   [tags: Henrik Isben Dolls House Essays]
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Nora's Decision to Leave in A Doll's House - Many women in modern society make life altering decisions on a daily basis. Women today have prestigious and powerful careers unlike in earlier eras. It is more common for women to be full time employees than homemakers. In 1879, when Henrik Ibsen wrote A Doll's House, there was great controversy over the out come of the play. Nora’s walking out on her husband and children was appalling to many audiences centuries ago. Divorce was unspoken, and a very uncommon occurrence. As years go by, society’s opinions on family situations change....   [tags: Ibsen, literary analysis, analytical essay] 1431 words
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The Heroic Nora Helmer in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House - The Heroic Nora Helmer in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House   What does it mean to be a hero?  According to Webster, a hero is someone "of great strength [and] courage" who is "admired" for his or her "courage and nobility."1  Stretching this definition a bit further, I would argue that a hero is someone who uses this strength, courage, and nobility to help or save others.  Nora Helmer, in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, leaves her husband and family at the end of the play-a move that can be viewed as either very selfish or very heroic.  Because Nora uses her strength and courage in effort to save others and herself from the false "doll's house" life they are living in, her final act of leaving home is truly heroic.  Nora saves her children from being raised by a mother who doesn't know the first thing about being a mother and she saves Torvald by no longer enabling him to live the false life he has built for himself.  Finally, she saves herself by taking herself out of the "doll's house" and into the real world to discover who she is and what she believes....   [tags: Dolls House essays]
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Nora's Discovery of Self in Ibsen's A Doll's House - Nora's Discovery of Self in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House       Ibsen's play, "A Doll House," involves a woman who begins the play as a common housewife and through a series of joyous occurrences and catastrophes becomes a self-liberating woman.  Nora Helmer is transformed and decides to abandon her family and home in search of her true self.  She arrives at this point because of several factors.  Her refusal to submit to her husband and her self-realization is brought on by the way she has been taught to act by her husband and her father, and the contradicting demands the situations that she has had to deal with gave her.  Her true devotion to herself is discovered because of the false devotion she felt towards her husband and her role in her family.  In "A Doll House," Henrik Ibsen uses the character of Nora to show that the way in which a woman is treated and her assumed role in society can actually lead to her discovery of her own true humanity....   [tags: Dolls House essays Henrik Ibsen]
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Nora’s Smart Choice in Ibsen's A Doll's House - Nora’s Smart Choice in A Doll's House So many women have suffered as the result of discriminatory duties. In the play "A Doll's House" written by Henrik Ibsen, the playwright reflects upon the subject of the 'social lie and duty'. By having Nora, the flawed heroine, slam the door shut just as her husband is hit by a ray of hope, Ibsen started much controversy between reviewers, columnists and the general audience. Through evidence offered by the play, Nora is right to leave her husband.             When humans are introduced to the world, many sacred duties are bestowed upon them....   [tags: Dolls House essays] 741 words
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Free Essay - Mrs. Linde and Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House - A Doll’s House Essay: Mrs. Linde and Nora       After reading  “A Doll’s House” by Hendrik Ibsen. I can conclude that there is both a parallel and a contrast structure in the characters of Mrs. Linde and Nora. A contrasting difference in the characters, are shown not in the characters themselves, but the role that they play in their marriages. These women have different relationships with their husbands. Torvald and Nora have a relationship where there is no equality. To Torvald Nora is an object....   [tags: Dolls House essays]
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Character Qualities of Nora and Antigone in A Doll’s House and Antigone - ... At the beginning of the play, she says, “I have longer to please the dead than please the living here: in the kingdom below I’ll lie forever. Do as you like, dishonor the laws the gods hold in honor,” (Sophocles, pages 18-19, lines 88-92). This quote demonstrates how Antigone puts little worth to pleasing Creon by following his decree to not bury Polynices. She believes that it is better to please the gods because she will be with them longer than she will be on earth with Creon and the people that agree with him....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]
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A Doll's House: The Analysis of Nora and Her Case of Leaving Her Family. - ... The perfect example her attempt to fulfill her potential as a woman is when she first borrows the loan from Krogstad by forging her dying father's signature. Although she knows her act is wrong and against the law, she still goes on with a naïve challenge to Krogstad during their encounter about the forged signature with an argument of moral standards: "A daughter can't protect her old, dying father. A wife can't help save her husband's life?" I don't know the law very well, but I'm sure it must say somewhere that this is allowed....   [tags: Literature, Gender Studies]
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Character Development of Nora from A Doll's House - Character Development of Nora from A Doll's House Ibsen's character development of Nora is represented by animal imagery. From the beginning of the play, we notice Ibsen's use of animals to describe Nora. In the opening lines, Torvald says, "Is that my little lark twittering out there?" (Wilke 1139). Webster's defines "lark" as a songbird and to play or frolic (Guralnik 340). The reader automatically gets an image of Nora as a carefree, happy person. In the following paragraphs, I will show how animal names are used to paint a portrait of the character of "Nora the Lark." Ibsen has Torvald call his wife "his little lark" or "sulking squirrel" (Wilke 1139) among other animal names throughout the play....   [tags: Papers] 874 words
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Reasons for Nora Helmer to Stay in A Doll House - Reasons for Nora Helmer to Stay in A Doll House In "A Doll House" Ibsen made a very controversial act, by having Nora leave her husband and her family. After first reading the play I thought that what Nora did was the right thing to do. But after thinking about I now realize that wasn't the right thing to do. Yes, Torvald was not the best husband in the world, but Nora should have considered that before she married him. To turn your back on your spouse is one thing, but to turn your back on your children is another....   [tags: Papers] 706 words
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Free Essay - Nora in Act 1 in Ibsen's A Doll's House - The Character of Nora in Act 1 of A Doll's House The character of Nora, of Isben's A Doll's House, is particularly difficult to interpret. Her character is constructed by the combination of a number of varying traits.   Throughout Act 1 her ambiguity is particularly prominent. Her frivolous, playful moments are readily followed by moments of practicality and astuteness. It is not surprising that Nora is such a changeable character for she is constantly interchanging between three main roles: a supporting wife, fundamental mother and sexual being....   [tags: Dolls House essays] 582 words
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Helmer and Nora's Relationship in Ibsen's Doll's House - Helmer and Nora's Relationship in Ibsen's Doll's House Ibsens use of language helps us see the characters nature and to find out their personality and structure of the characters relationships. Each character has their own unique use of language. This helps us to see the difference between the characters and their relationships. As we read through the play A Dolls House this becomes clear when we learn about Nora and Torvalds relationship and how it changes throughout the play....   [tags: Papers] 617 words
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rebeldol Rebellion of Nora and Mrs. Linde in Ibsen's A Doll's House - Rebellion of Nora and Mrs. Linde in A Doll's House An underlying theme in Ibsen's play, A Doll's House is the rebellion of Nora and Mrs. Linde against society. Over the course of the play, Nora and Mrs. Linde both experienced an evolution from passive victims in a life pre-programmed for them by society to active agents in an uncertain and insecure life. In an effort to save her husband's life, Nora has committed forgery and Krogstad is ready to use this information in order achieve his goals: '(...) if I produce this document in court, you'll be condemned' (Ibsen 791)....   [tags: Dolls House essays] 1271 words
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Essay Comparing Louise of Story of an Hour and Nora of A Doll's House - Comparing Louise of The Story of an Hour and Nora of A Doll's House   In Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour," the main character is a woman who has been controlled and conformed to the norms of society. Louise Mallard has apparently given her entire life to assuring her husband's happiness while forfeiting her own. This truth is also apparent in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House. In this story, Nora Helmer has also given her life to a man who has very little concern for her feelings or beliefs....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Essay on the Growth of Nora and Kristina Linde in Ibsen's A Doll's House - The Growth of Nora and Kristina Linde in A Doll's House       A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, is a play that was written ahead of its time. In this play Ibsen tackles prevailing social norms by presenting two strong-willed women. Both Kristina and Nora chose the men they married by an intellectual rather than an emotional process: Kristina gave up the man she loved (Nils Krogstad) to provide economic security for her mother and her two younger brothers; Nora married Torvald Helmer at a time when he could have prosecuted her father for financial activities which were wrong if not simply illegal.1 Whether she married him out of thankfulness or to influence him during the time of decision is not clear, but one doubts that this timing was mere coincidence; if Nora married Torvald Helmer to save her father, we have reason to doubt that she was ever as empty-headed a "doll" as she claimed to be....   [tags: Dolls House essays]
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freedol Nora’s Struggle For Freedom in Ibsen's A Doll's House - Nora’s Struggle For Freedom in A Doll's House In many cultures, a woman is expected to assume the role of the submissive, attentive wife. Often, a woman's role is limited by society to that of wife and mother. Henrik Ibsen, in his play A Doll's House examines the consequences of the stereotypical roles of women in marriage. Isben allows the reader to follow Nora, the main character, “along her difficult journey to regain her self-esteem and self worth”(Durbach 153). From the very first lines of the play, we notice the status quo between Torvald and Nora....   [tags: Dolls House essays]
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Comparing Edna of Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Nora of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House - Comparing Edna of Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Nora of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House Kate Chopin's work, The Awakening, and Henrik Ibsen's play, A Doll's House, were written at a time when men dominated women in every aspect of life.  Edna Pontellier, the protagonist in The Awakening, and Nora, the protagonist in A Doll's House, are trapped in a world dominated by men.  The assumed superiority of their husbands traps them in their households.  Edna and Nora share many similarities, yet differ from each other in many ways.  Two main similarities of Edna and Nora are that they both have an awakening and are like caged birds without freedom; one main difference is that Edna lives in reality and Nora lives in a fantasy world.  Other similarities are: each protagonist seems happy about her marriage in the beginning, is controlled by her husband, and has a secret.  Despite all the similarities, the two protagonists differ in several ways: Edna does what she wants while Nora dreams about what she wants; Edna has a mind of her own while Nora seems to be a scattered brain wife; and Edna stops taking care of her children all together while Nora cares for the children on and off....   [tags: Ibsen Chopin Compare Contrast Essays]
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Flaws Portrayed Within the Helmer Marriage in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House - Marriage is a union between two people who communicate and love each other. A love so pure and unconditional that only in death can they part. In a Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, Nora and Torvald appear to portray the perfect marriage. However, throughout the play flaws within the Helmer marriage are exposed: a lack of communication, love and selflessness. A relationship based on lies and play-acting; A marriage condemned by the weight of public opinion. Nora and Torvald lack one of the key elements needed to make a marriage work....   [tags: a doll's house] 1147 words
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Men’s Egos Exposed in A Doll's House and Antigone - ... Ah. You are teasing me. ... Am I not your husband?” (Ibsen 190) This quote shows the negative reaction that Helmer has when Nora won’t do what he has told her to do. It shows how shocked he is to realize that she does not want to do what she was told and he accuses her of trying to tease him. Men often acted this way, because women of that time period, which was the 1800’s, were not supposed to act in that manner. According to society, women were always supposed to listen to their husbands, because it was their husbands who supported them and gave them a home....   [tags: A Doll's House, Antigone]
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The Importance of Truth in A Doll House, by Henrik Ibsen - ... Ibsen focuses on setting up the unveiling in the final acts, in that we are introduced to the idea that the truth coming to light is inevitable, and may soon have disastrous effects. Nora is depicted as being an extremely manipulative woman in order to get her way, she is quoted on numerous occasions saying things such as; “I’ll do anything to please you Torvald, I’ll sing for you, dance for you,” and she is portrayed as an uninformed and naïve young lady. The tricks Nora is willing to perform in order to satisfy her husband provide the foundation for the idea that the two are really living an idealistic lifestyle at all, and are really caught up in a web of lies and deception....   [tags: A Doll House, Henrik Ibsen] 1052 words
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Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House - Marriage is a forever commitment between two individuals to love one another but marriages don't always have the fairytale happy ending. In Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll House, Nora and Torvald Helmer learn some things about their marriage that they have not realized until now. Nora Helmer discovers Torvald, herself, her marriage, as well as her own identity as a woman. Nora Helmer, the wife of Torvald Helmer, throughout the whole play has been keeping a secret from her husband. A few years back when Torvald became ill the doctor recommended that the whole family move south in order for Torvald to fully recover....   [tags: Ibsen Doll's House] 1058 words
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Ibsen's A Doll's House - At the end of A Doll's House, Isben surprises the audience. When Torvald learns that Krogstad is no longer threatening him, he offers to forgive Nora. Most people in the audience would expect the ending to be happy and for the family to live its life as it did before. Shockingly, Nora tells Torvald that she plans on leaving him and their children. She realizes that her life has not been happy and that Torvald does not really love her. Nora has many motivations for leaving Torvald. She feels that she has been treated like a doll her whole life, and does not like being treated that way....   [tags: Doll's House Ibsen] 1032 words
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Reasons Nora Helmer Must Leave Her Husband in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House - Reasons Nora Helmer Must Leave Her Husband in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House Foreward: Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House (aka A Doll's House) is so rich in moral, political, and metaphysical (if one is to regard such matters as "selfhood" and "identity" as metaphysical) insights and criticisms that it is hard to imagine how one could absorb it all in one sitting. Its moral message was very bold in its day and remains so in the more slowly progressing parts of the world, like North America. Institutions move faster than attitudes (at least in times of progressive, interventionist governance) and there are many lag-minded relics who still don't understand why equal-rights legislation has had to be passed or what "all the fuss" has been about regarding racial, sexual (in terms of gender and orientation), and social discontent....   [tags: Dolls House essays]
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Rights of Women in the Nineteenth Century and in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House - ... I won't allow it. I forbid you!” (Ibsen, Act III, 658). This also reflects on the marriage situations in the society of the nineteenth century. Generally, the women were no more than an accessory, or a doll to the men. Husband nearly listened to their wives’ thoughts and had a deep conversation with them. Second, Even though the women in the nineteenth century were expected to self-sacrifice to their husbands and children, their sacrifices may not be appreciated. They did not receive the respect and understanding they ought to have....   [tags: A Doll’s House]
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The Struggle for Identity in A Doll’s House - The Struggle for Identity in A Doll's House      A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, is a play that was written ahead of its time. In this play Ibsen tackles women's rights as a matter of importance. Throughout this time period it was neglected. A Doll's House was written during the movement of Naturalism, which commonly reflected society. Ibsen acknowledges the fact that in 19th century life the role of the woman was to stay at home, raise the children and attend to her husband. Nora Helmer is the character in A Doll House who plays the 19th woman and is portrayed as a victim....   [tags: A Doll’s House]
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