A Doll’s House by Henrik IbsenIs: Nora Helmer Really Her Own Person?
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In the story A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen returns to one of his most vital ideas: the social misunderstanding/lie of the duty of the female. Nora Helmer is a devoted wife to her husband and children. She also goes out of her way to try and help her husband Torvald Helmer in any way that she can. However, once Krogstad (a bank teller whom Nora is indebted to) comes in the picture, he causes some major conflict between Nora and Torvald. From this major conflict, it is shown that throughout the entirety of the story Nora has been trapped by the conventions and mentality of her society.
It is repetitively shown throughout the novel that Nora has no financial freedom. For example, when the time comes where Torvald is in need of an operation for a sickness that he’d developed, because Nora has no hidden stash-of-cash that she can go to in case of “rainy days” like this, she must sign a loan if she hopes to save her husband. However, because of the fact that Nora is a woman, she can’t sign a loan without a male accompanying her. This being, Nora is pushed to perform illegalities such as forging signatures on a loan. Whether it be as extreme a situation as needing money to move her husband to another area so that he may get better medical care or as small as buying her favorite candy from the store, she is constantly in need of someone who is financially secure to buy these things for her.
Furthermore, another important factor that hinders Nora from having financial freedom is the fact that she has no job skills. “Employability skills are general skills that are needed to get most jobs, but they also help you to stay in a job and work your way to the top.” Because Nora has no experience on what/how to do a particular job, it wouldn’t...
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... Nora found her own religion earlier on in the novel, it’s likely that majority of the issues presented would not have occurred. Also, if Nora were to conduct a relationship with a higher power, a sense of faith would have also most likely been instilled in her. From this faith, she could have the power to believe in herself more than she believes in others.
After conducting a belief in a higher power, Nora could then begin to restructure her life. From this, an important starting point would be her values. Nora would have to figure out what and who should be seen as important and unimportant in her life. After considering changes in her values, Nora would then have to move on to reconstructing her understanding of finances. How long it would take to pay certain things off, how much things would ultimately cost her, and if she could afford the service/object or not.