Torvald speaks to Nora in such a way that gives the impression that he does see her as anything more than his trophy wife. Throughout the play the absence of a father plays a huge role in the development of events that take place in the play. Particularly, Nora, who is scrutinized for not having a respectable father figure in her developmental years. Nora’s actions are a tell tale sign of the patriarchal role that Torvald and the other men have over the women in the society they live in. However, at the end of the play, the patriarchal authority in Nora’s life shifts and gives her what she has always dreamed of.
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.
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In Henrik Ibsen’s play, A Doll House, Nora Helmer represents many feministic ideals of the late eighteen hundreds. The ending is often what the play as a whole is remembered by, due to its shocking nature. Nora, the female lead of the play decides to leave her home suddenly, after a confrontation with her husband Torvald and never returns. Many saw this as a huge decision that was made abruptly, however what they fail to notice are the aspects that motivated Nora from the start of the play. At first, Nora may seem as if she is just a mindless, care free woman who is content with her life.
The positions of both women as a daughter, a sister, an employee, a mother, a wife and a partner in the society are questioned. A Doll's House focuses on the relationship of Torvald and Nora Helmer, a husband and wife with three children wherein Nora eventually leaves her family in order to educate herself. Nora Helmer's role as a mother, a daughter and as a wife are brought into question. Was Nora being a good mother for leaving her children? Was she a good wife to Torvald?
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As you grow up parents can hold high expectations of who they want their child to mold into as an adult. Some parents can be more strict than others and put more pressure on their children to be something their not. In the stories The Glass Menagerie written by Tennessee Williams and Proof written by David Auburn the two main characters have trouble pleasing their parents. Both girls Laura and Catherine have to overcome their own fears before they can find out who they really are as people. In The Glass Menagerie Laura is a young adult in her mid twenties living with her over-bearing mother Amanda and her adventurous brother Tom.
Upon reading “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen, many readers may find the character Nora to be a rather frivolous spending mother of three who is more concerned about putting up a front to make others think her life is perfect, rather than finding herself. At the beginning of the play, this may be true, but as the play unfolds, you see that Nora is not only trying to pay off a secret debt, but also a woman who is merely acting as her husbands “doll” fulfilling whatever he so asks of her. Nora is not only an independent woman who took a risk, but also a woman whose marriage was more along the lines of a father-child relationship. Throughout Act one, Nora’s most noticeable characteristic is her child like personality and her inability to understand the importance of honesty. As the play opens on Christmas Eve Nora comes home with an abundance of extravagant gifts for her family.