A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

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A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen We have all felt the need to be alone or to venture to places that our minds have only imagined. However, we as individuals have always found ourselves clutching to our responsibilities and obligations, to either our jobs or our friends and family. The lingering feeling of leaving something behind or of promises that have been unfulfilled is a pain that keeps us from escaping. People worldwide have yearned for a need to leave a situation or seek spiritual fulfillment elsewhere. The need for one's freedom and their responsibility to others can make or break a person. Henrik Isben's inspirational characters of Nora Helmer, Kristine Linde, and Nils Krogstad have all had to suffer for their right to be individuals and to be accountable for their actions. A woman of the tough Victorian period, Nora Helmer was both a prisoner of her time as well as a pioneer. In her society women were viewed as an inferior species and were not even considered real human beings in the eyes of the law. Nora and other women soon discovered that it was a man's world and they were just not allowed to participate in it. Women of that era though, were allowed to stay at home and adhere to their tired, overworked spouse's needs, not to mention their constant obligation to their children. Women in those days were only allowed to work solely at home or to have minor jobs such as maids or dressmakers. Nora was a free spirit just waiting to be freed; her husband Torvald would constantly disallow the slightest pleasures that she aspired to have, such as macaroons. Nora lived a life of lies in orde... ... middle of paper ... ...ut after he decides to demand his letter back; Kristine tells him that he can't and that the truth must be revealed. With a new lust for life and responsibility to his new life with Kristine, he agrees. In finding a renewed life with Kristine, Nils Krogstad has been granted the freedom from his past that he constantly awaited and has found his new responsibility to his children and to Mrs. Linde. We all have wanted to go out on our own and fulfill our responsibility to ourselves. However our need to find our individuality can lead to our downfall or in most cases our uprising. In Isben's play A Doll House, an estranged wife, Nora Helmer; an independent working woman, Kristine Linde; and a morally corrupt man, Nils Krogstad, had all suffered to become individuals in their own right and have taken accountability for their actions to achieve their freedom.
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