Before, they had been merely coexisting and were just going through the motions of husband and wife. It was there that she realized she didn’t love him and he didn’t love her. Throughout the change from a carefree doll into an independent woman who is finally finding herself, we see that Nora is acting the way she does due to society. She has lost herself due to being a wife and a mother. Society is typically male dominant and because of the roles she has to fulfill, she lost herself.
Men were often the ones given the privilege of choosing a spouse. Many times women were forced to marry men that they barely knew, and did not love. Through allowing the women in her lais to escape from their husbands and be with men who they have power over, Marie de France elevates women up onto pedestals. She glorifies their characteristics and allows them to be worshiped by men. Within such a relationship, the time that a man spends separated from his love leads to nothing but heartache.
Also, this dress was given Nora by Torvald which shows that he has authority over her and represents that how Torvald treats her like a doll, by dressing her up. Additionally, the fact that the dress itself is meant to be a masquerade dress also signifies something crucial in this play. It symbolizes how Nora 's life was fake and she was simply play a role in Helmer 's house. This is clear when in Act 3, Nora says that she is"getting out of [her] costume" (1292). Clearly, this act of getting out of the dress is symbolic of Nora stepping out of the role of a doll that she played her entire life.
This need for her to be something that Torvald can show off. Both Nora and Torvald are living lives based on illusion. Torvald has made Nora his perfect little doll so that he can look good. She thinks that he is a person with incredible strength, she becomes disillusioned with him at the end of the play when he exposes himself as just a man. This paper will look at the way that society’s expectations of gender roles are perceived
They hadn’t known they were living in a doll’s. They flawlessly kept their image up to a point they had believed all they had was true. The doll’s house highlights the control that is held over them. By them displaying their picture perfect home they naïvely submitted into society’s desires. They get to the point to where they think they are in love with each other such as it was supposed to happen, but at the end they break and Nora is able to see through the lies of society.
Throughout the play, Torvald often calls Nora by diminutive names. Ibsen also uses symbolism in the play, for example, Nora represents a doll while Torvald is the controlling husband. He calls her “my Skylark” or “my little squirrel”. This attitude suggests his feeling of superiority towards Nora. He treats Nora more like a doll than like a wife.
As the breadwinner he is dominant and controlling and shows such characteristics at every given opportunity. In Torvald’s opinion, to have true marriage, a husband should be the model of his wife and breadwinner as it is from the named drama piece, Nora is the Doll in the house; “Doll House”. The theme throughout the play highlight’s the idea of Nora being the doll toy owned by Torvald. This theme is repeated in words and actions that boldly is manipulation and domination as opposed to obedience, adjustment, and respect. Nora believes in self-fulfillment, and always desires what is there to be taken, but never has the interest to give anything unless it happens to be mandatory.
A Doll’s House, a play by Henrik Ibsen, tells the story of Nora, the wife of Torvald Helmer, who is an adult living as a child, kept as a doll by her husband. She is expected to be content and happy living in the world Torvald has created for her. By studying the play and comparing and contrasting the versions presented in the video and the live performance, one can analyze the different aspects of it. Ibsen’s purpose for writing this piece is to entertain while pointing out an injustice. Through the events of the play, Nora becomes increasingly aware of the confines in which Torvald has placed her.
The Controversial Theme of A Doll's House In his play, A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen depicts a female protagonist, Nora Helmer, who dares to defy her husband and forsake her "duty" as a wife and mother to seek out her individuality. A Doll's House challenges the patriarchal view held by most people at the time that a woman's place was in the home. Many women could relate to Nora's situation. Like Nora, they felt trapped by their husbands and their fathers; however, they believed that the rules of society prevented them from stepping out of the shadows of men. Through this play, Ibsen stresses the importance of women's individuality.
Torvald loved her because she allowed him to play and control her as if she were real a doll. Nora begins to also understand that the love Torvald shared for her was the same to that of her father. Everything was based on what they felt was entertaining and not on loving Nora for who she is. The end of Act III brings Nora to a complete self- discovery. Nora has come to understand herself and the ones around her life.