In Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House the main character, Nora Helmer, shows us the story of a woman who has borrow money without her husband’s consent in order to save his life. Although this noble act would be admired by most, Nora has to keep it a secret from Torvald Helmer, her husband, as he would see it as a betrayal. The measures that Nora takes in order to keep the loan a secret, create circumstances that bring Nora—whose only duty is to serve her husband— to discover that her life can be more than just being an accessory to her husband. She becomes her own self. In her struggle to keep the borrowed money from her husband’s knowledge Nora begins a transformation from dependence of Torvald, to being self-efficient, self-worthy, and self-independent—qualities women of her time lacked of—because all, such as Nora never displayed a mind of their own.
Krostad now starts blackmailing Nora on the condition that if she does not persuade her husband from firing him(Krostad) from the bank, he would tell Nora’s husband and everyone else that she forged signature of her dying father to get loan. As Nora knows Helmer’s abhorrence towards dishonesty and debt, she is frightened of ruining her family image and requests the Krogstad “My husband must never know” (Act II, P.113). What she fears is that her husband will take actions against her for keeping the monetary issue a secret from him. We see, how money can shake the ground of their
Krogstad is the one who discovers Nora’s deceit because the date it was signed was after her father had already passed. He then ask that she influence her husband to allow him o keep his station at the bank in exchange for his silence in regards to the falsified bond. Nora is now mainly conflicted with herself and her ‘perfect’ doll house begins to break apart around her with the fear of what her husband will do if he finds out about the loan and the easiness by which she lied. The climax occurs when Helmer finally discovers the truth of his wife. He immediately questions her for her actions and says that the past eight years of their marriage was built on a lie and it means nothing.
B1 In the story A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen returns to one of his most vital ideas: the social misunderstanding/lie of the duty of the female. Nora Helmer is a devoted wife to her husband and children. She also goes out of her way to try and help her husband Torvald Helmer in any way that she can. However, once Krogstad (a bank teller whom Nora is indebted to) comes in the picture, he causes some major conflict between Nora and Torvald. From this major conflict, it is shown that throughout the entirety of the story Nora has been trapped by the conventions and mentality of her society.
“Women were forced to be dependent on their husband’s for financial support” (Cruea 2). This was unfair, being a victim of discrimination and feeling forced to rely on your husband to meet financial need should have been sociably unacceptable. However, it wasn’t in this time period. “A Doll’s House” tells how Nora was left to take care of the financial responsibilities while Torvald was sick, and this situation led on to cause many problems in their marriage. Nora was unsure how to get money in this situation, made a deceitful decision, and hid it from her husband.
When Nora finally confesses the truth, Torvald yells at her for ruining his reputation, yet he does not bother to ask how she managed to do it or state his gratitude for saving his life. Instead, Torvald worries about his image in front of the society. The society compels men like Torvald to bear the financial burden. If, women handled the finance then this idea of women taking the role as a bread winner, tarnishes the men 's image. The society will, therefore, taunt their inability to provide necessity items for his family and the household.
On one hand Nora was trying to lose the identity of her parents while not letting her husband’s controlling her feelings and emotions while on the other all the women tried to keep secrets from the men so that Mrs. Wright’s identity of being the murderer doesn’t come out. Nora lacks femininity, respect towards her elders, and craves to be self-sustaining yet is not realistically motivated till the end of the play. In every sense of the word, Nora contradicts almost every societal expectation for these reasons she can be seen as a witty outcry of feminism in which Ibsen clearly questions women’s gender roles during the Victorian Era.
However, she abandoned him feeling that it was necessary. In order to support her family, she needed to marry a rich man and Krogstad was a penniless man. So Mrs. Linde chose obligation over desire. “Sheltered, petted, and expected to behave like an amiable nitwit by first her father and then her husband, Nora Helmer has committed forgery in order to get money to save her husband's life” (Doll’s House). Nora is in an advantage over the other women.
For example, Nora is characterized as a childish when ... ... middle of paper ... ...e traditional role of women in a patriarchal society when she forges a signature to secure a bank loan. Initially this rebellious act illustrates her as childish and deceptive person, who is concerned about the Helmer’s reputation. However by the end of the play, Nora Helmer become independent as she weaves her way through her husband’s overbear rules durable by making her own rules to make, which eventually causes her to leave. Her reasons for leaving are that she had lived her whole life as a doll and she needed to find her true self. Henrik Ibsen’s underlying purpose in characterizing Nora Helmer as dynamic was to illustrate her struggles in living a typical Norwegian marriage.
Torvald responds to Nora in such a way that he does not believe that she could commit such a malicious act out of love for him. Torvald continues to desire answers as to why she would have acted so recklessly, however he does not stop shouting to... ... middle of paper ... ...n living to please her father, and now Torvald. Nora at last comes to the realization that her life is worth more than just existing, she needs to find out exactly who she is, all on her own, by leaving her husband and children behind. The decision for Nora to leave her husband and children behind is an extremely difficult decision to make. I am able to understand how she could leave her husband, the self-righteous and pompous man that he is; however, leaving her children behind is a much more difficult decision to make.