A Doll's House First Impressions Analysis

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First impressions mean everything in this society which is why people try so hard to put on their best faces when meeting someone new. However, looks can often be deceiving. “I don 't know if you 've ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong” (Snicket 9). Henrik Ibsen masterfully describes such impressions in his play A Doll House. He takes a seemingly perfect family and begins to show that appearances aren’t always as they seem. First impressions are extremely important in A Doll House as they are often wrong, and contribute to the façade that the Helmer family is living behind. Firstly is the introduction of Nora. Right from her first line, Nora comes across as childish and shallow. “Yes, Torvald, now we can afford…show more content…
This shows that Nora isn’t the submissive little housewife that she appears to be. Nora’s embracing of independence only becomes more and more apparent until the climax of the play. NORA: Maybe. But you don’t think – or talk – like the man I could choose to be with. When your big fright was over – not the danger I was in, but what might happen to you – when that threat was past, then it was like nothing happened to you. I was just what I was before, your little songbird, your doll, and you’d have to take care of it twice as hard as before, since it was so frail and fragile. In that moment, Torvald, it dawned on me that I’d been living with a stranger – that I’d borne three children with him – . Aah – I can’t stand the thought of it! I could tear myself to pieces (Ibsen 768). By the end of A Doll House, Nora is no longer the submissive and obedient housewife. She is witty, self-reliant, and clever. She thinks for herself, and acts independently from her husband by making choices that will benefit…show more content…
Nothing does this better than the Christmas tree. It first appears at the top of Act 1, and Nora decorates it as the Act progresses. Then at the top of Act 2, the tree is described right away as, “The same room, in the corner by the piano stands the Christmas tree, stripped, bedraggled, with its candle-stumps all burned down” (Ibsen 741). The Christmas tree mirrors the Helmer family’s happiness and harmony. At the beginning of the show, it is beautiful and put together. Nora is the one fluffing it up and making it look as pretty as she’s trying to make her life look. Then as soon as Torvald goes into a discussion about how he thinks a lying mother will poison her children, the tree is next described as a tattered
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