Arguably, the most crucial aspect of A Doll’s House is its portrayal of women and their roles in the 1800s. Throughout the entire play, almost every scene between Torvald and Nora involves him treating her as an object, rather than an equal. After the party upstairs, Torvald refers to Nora, “Why shouldn’t I not look at my dearest treasure” (Ibsen 67). He regards Nora constantly as a “prize” he has won, therefore objectifying Nora. Torvald continuously calls Nora “pet names”, such as squirrel and skylark. His habit of using delicate and frail creatures to characterize his wife demonstrates his apparent superiority over Nora. Torvald also appears to have a rule against Nora consuming candy as he questions, “Hasn’t Miss Sweet-Tooth been breaking ru...
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...es of individuality and willpower through different characters. Nora discovers the need to enlighten herself without her father or husband’s imminent influence. On the other hand, Mrs. Linde, Nora’s old friend and Krogstad’s former lover, decides that her path to happiness would be with Krogstad, rather than alone like Nora. Regardless, the play represents multiple paths to find one’s own originality.
Through her illuminating moment in Act 3, Nora discovered her true reality and how she planned to repair it. This moment acted as a window into the entire meaning of the play as the audience is finally shown Nora’s ability to resist her husband’s demands. Throughout the entire play, Nora was attempting to do what she believed would make her happy, which was saving her husband. By the end of the story, she realized rescuing herself would truly make her fulfilled.
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