This shows just how controlling he really is. Nora just plays along, keeping secrets from Torvald in order to please him at any expense. This was a very common situation during the era whom this play was produced. Nora is smart and capable of a lot more but she lets herself be held back in order to be the perfect wife for Torvald. The title "A Doll House" would not fit the play because this states that everyone in the house is a doll.
[The children all talk at once while she speaks to them.] Have you had ... ... middle of paper ... ...he would be a good mother or at least try but other times she would say, “Strange,” Emma thought, “how ugly Fernandez 4 this child is” (109) Emma is a false mother, whenever she want to love and show affection she does but when she was busy shopping or having affairs she would ignore her or think bad about Berthe. This concludes both work A Doll House and Madame Bovary that some mothers are just naturally good and naturally bad. Women all over the world can be like Nora, a naturally good mother who loves, spend time, and would do what is best for their children even they are having tough situations like herself who hides the loan secret. Unfortunately, some women who are naturally bad mothers like Emma who is careless, inattentive, and try to love their children when they want.
The relationship between a doll and its owner is more appropriate because of the sheer lack of communication between them. Torvald only viewed Nora as his “most treasured possession” (1854) not as someone just as invested in the relationship as he was. The outward happiness of the marriage covers up the problems caused by the deception The false appearance of Nora is shown in the development of her from this subservient, dependent housewife with only seldom acts of independent thought or decision to a woman wanting to fulfill “[her] duty to [herself]”(1863) before her obligations to her husband and children. Torvald’s 8 years of living in a false reality come to an end as he reveals his inner weakness to Nora after he reads the letter from Torvald about the forgery. In the beginning of the play, Torvald is calm and collected, however at the end of the play when the deceit is revealed, Torvald turns out to be a desperate, emotional man willing to do anything to protect himself.
In the books A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen and The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, the main characters have similar circumstances they experienced in their story. Nora Helmer, the main character in A Doll’s House, is the well-known wife of Torvald Helmer. Nora is protected from living her life and guided by her husband making decisions for her as if she was a doll. She often overlooks the reality of her life with the wealth and materialistic things her husband provides. She is highly intelligent, but rarely thinks for herself.
In the play A Doll House, there are many suggestions referring to how a woman was expected to behave and how men were expected to behave during the time this play was written. Nora’s character first appears to be very feminist. For an example, she doesn’t have a real job, she spends money carelessly, and she says and does things to make her appear very childish and dependent upon Torvald. On the other end Torvald her husband, makes the money for the family and he appears to be easy going one in the house. The main characters Nora and Torvald pretend to be someone who there are not to please others around them.
Her attempt to enforce her social superiority over him is genuinely intimidated. In her ambitious attempt to be superior she states "one isn't without influence". However, within moments she is forced into pleading "Mr. Krogstad, I don't have any influence." Nora's stereotyped roll as a doll confined to a doll's house constantly being fathered by Torvald encourages her childlike manner. However an entirely different contradicting side to Nora's character is revealed when Nora explains exactly what she did "for Helmer".
A Doll House Many females in the 1800’s did not have the courage to make decisions on their own. In the play A Doll’s House, Nora Helmer takes risks while making the decision to save her husband’s life. Nora does a good job in showing what self-respect truly means. The author focuses on what a marriage should contain by the way the characters interact with each other. The author shows us the different personalities about each character, allowing us to view their strengths and weaknesses.
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. Though it seems contradictory, it is actually Torvald Helmer, Nora's husband, who cause Nora to refuse to submit to him. Torvald holds a very low opinion of Nora's ability to handle things for herself, and allows her almost no responsibility relating to the family outside of the trivial things in the home. His incessant use of his pet names, "songbird" and "squirrel" for example, trivialize her place in their home.
“Happily ever after is not a fairy tale, it’s a choice”(Weaver) and in A Doll 's House by Henrik Ibsen you clearly see just how fast Nora 's charmed life comes crashing to the ground when she decides to wake up to a reality call. Ibsen 's play centers around an era where women asserting themselves was frowned upon by societal conventions that chained each person into a roll they were to play. He showed a time where women were to meant to be the perfect housewife, governing the children and take care of their husbands all the while being a dainty decoration uncorrupted by the spoils of society. Gender roles were heavily set between men and women yet Ibsen leaves subtle hints throughout the play of highly unpopular and unconventional views
The Christmas tree, a festive object meant to serve a decorative purpose, symbolizes Nora’s position in her household as a plaything who is pleasing to look at. Ibsen’s use of the Christmas tree is portrayed throughout the play. The Christmas tree symbolized Nora’s feelings. In the First act there is a festive tree with “pretty red flowers” and Nora comes in the house carelessly. Nora’s mood is festive and tree gives a merry glow to the reader.