She explained to Nora all that she went through.“Mrs. Linde tells Nora that she has had some difficult problems and is seeking employment” (“A Doll’s House” 108). Mrs. Linde later receives news that she has got a job at the bank thanks to Torvald. She has to marry for love and take care of her sickly mother and her two younger brothers. Even though she has to work extremely hard and the burden is all on her, it reveals to us her character which is that she is an honorable wife, a reliable daughter, and a devoted sister.
Ibsen belittles the role of the housewife through means of stage direction, diminutive pet names and through Nora’s interaction with her morally ultimate husband, Torvald. Nora parades the façade of being naïve and frivolous, deteriorating her character from being a seemingly ignorant child-wife to a desperate woman in order to preserve her illusion of the security of home and ironically her own sanity. A Doll’s House ‘s depiction of the entrapment of the average 19th century housewife and the societal pressures placed upon her displays a woman’s gradual descent into madness. Ibsen illustrates this descent through Torvald’s progressive infantilization of Nora and the pressure on Nora to adhere to societal norms. Nora is a woman pressured by 19th century societal standards and their oppressive nature result in the gradual degradation of her character that destroys all semblances of family and identity.Nora’s role in her family is initially portrayed as being background, often “laughing quietly and happily to herself” (Ibsen 148) because of her isolation in not only space, but also person.
These sentiments ironically portray the very qualities of married life that Nora desired to win, and keep throughout her life; and these feelings add to her established flair for the romantic. Since the main plot of A Doll’s House revolves around the debt incurred by Nora upon taking out a loan to pay for Helmer’s recovery, Krogstad functions primarily to set forth the series of actions, which propels much of the story. In contrast to Nora, who seems t... ... middle of paper ... ...ciation with her children, who she had to leave in order to better serve as Nora’s nurse. The reader sympathizes slightly with both women in this fact. Ibsen uses their relationship to further develop Nora’s personality and feelings towards her relations.
In some instances, Nora wonders whether there is true love in their marriage, how important she is to Torvald and what is her role in this house. At the end, Nora leaves and shuts the door, symbolizing her role in this Doll house. The play, A Doll's House demonstrates Nora as a character who believes that partners should be willing to sacrifice for each other in a marriage. Her perception is similar to Mrs.Linden’s, however, contradicts with that of her husband, Torvald who is demonstrated as selfish, insensitive and have no respect for marriage. Nora believes that there should be true love in a marriage.
Both are willing to sacrifice themselves for values dear to their lives. This act of aiding significant loved ones gives us a better understanding of Nora. It gives us an image of who the character Nora really is. Mrs. Linde shows her loyalty to her family when she did not think that she “had the right” to refuse her husband’s marriage proposal. After taking into consideration her sick mother, her brothers, and Krogstad having money.
However, she is looking forward to using that event in the future, when she can no longer rely upon her looks. How exactly this would help restore his affections may not be clear, but there is certainly a sense that Nora hopes it will make her more important to him. The fact that Nora thinks of her relationship with Torvald in ... ... middle of paper ... ...d she did it (society be damned). Moreover, the hard disciplined work over many years necessary to repay the loan is a tribute to Nora's determination and skill in carrying out her own project, all the while sustaining her own marriage in quite another role. This quality lies at the heart of Nora's heroic character.
Women were socially expected to abide by whatever their husbands desired, it was a woman's sacred duty to serve her husband and children. Throughout her life Nora had spent her time pleasing the men around her, first her father and then Torvald. As the reality erupted that her marriage to Torvald was loveless and not salvageable, she ignored Torvald's demand that she not leave him. He even made attempts to sway her decision by insinuating they could go on in the house as brother and sister. Her need to be a valued human in society had prevailed over the dependent, frail, creature that once belonged to Torvald.
This is all seen through Nora’s “second” life. From what it appears, on the surface she’s a beautiful, fun toy to her husband, and somewhat to her friend, Mrs. Linden. It isn’t until her secret becomes known that she is appreciated more. Nora’s secret or second life helps her prove to herself that she has the ability to work and earn money, and that she has the capability to endure huge amounts of pressure when determined. It is because of this secret life of hers that eventually allows for her to free herself from the “doll” house, and ultimately lets her leave the house fearlessly, with the intentions of learning about herself.
He is like a grandfather throwing money away for his favorite money-loving grandchild. Nora acts like Torvald’s possession than an equal partner. Nora’s beginning part shows an awkward relationship between the two and certainly tells us that they are a questionably happy couple. Nora takes great measures to save Torvald’s life causing her to secretly take immoral actions that changes her future sense. Nora had no choice but to seek a loan behind her husband’s back in o... ... middle of paper ... ...ho knows her interests.
The Doll house Very little seems as it was first observed in A Doll’s House. Though Nora at first appears to be a silly, selfish girl, but then we learn that she has made great sacrifices to save her husband 's life and pay back her secret loan. She has realized her true strength and strikes out as an independent woman by the time the play ended. For all his faults, Torvald appears to be a loving, devoted and generous husband. Later, it becomes obvious that he is a shallow, vain man, who is only concerned about his public reputation; he is too feeble to deliver on his promise to protect Nora from her burden.