Because of Torvald’s inability to grasp the concept of equality, Nora leaves him. Society’s values are revealed by Nora’s declaration of equality and independence. Through Nora’s rebellious declaration and departure, she removes herself from society’s standards and makes a move towards equality. She renounces society’s views of a woman as a child, doll, and slave. Men in Victorian society told a woman how to act as a parent to a child, how to dress for a public event as an owner to a doll, and how to keep her thoughts to herself as a master to a slave.
Nora expresses her frustration when she says “Do you mean to tell me that a wife has no right to save her husband’s life?” (Ibsen) Nora thinks that it is ridiculous that the law doesn’t take into account saving someone’s life and their love for another person. She believes that she was in the right to do such a thing as it was for the benefit of her husband and now perceives the laws of society differently. This instance in the play relates back to my thesis when Nora realizes the corruption of the laws of society, this is where Nora’s perception... ... middle of paper ... ...s/textbooks about transformative learning. This source fits well within my paper because it specifically talks about women stereotypes in one of the paragraphs. I could use this by relating how Nora realizes the stereotyped views on women in society and from there her whole perspective on the world changes.
Divined with the context of her love, she commits forgery, and through the hardships and deception that she goes through, she realizes that her marriage is nothing more than an illusion, and she is nothing more than a doll within Torvald’s house. The characters can be seen as hiding from each other and trying to seek the truth within another. The game of hide and seek can be seen between Nora and her children, as well as Nora and her husband. She hides her true personalities and her actions from him. On the other hand, Torvald also hides his life from Nora.
Torvald is invariably patronizing towards his wife and is offended and emasculated when he learns that Nora has gone behind his back and saved his life without his assistance. Nora acknowledges this hypocrisy in act three when she says, “I am learning, too, that the law is quite another thing from what I supposed; but I find it impossible to convince myself that the law is right. According to it a woman has no right to spare her old dying father, or to save her husband 's life” (3. 63). Nora recognizes her place in society, but she also recognizes how much shame it inflicts upon her.
Nora has yet to find herself. Such a variety of ladies have suffered as the consequence of unfair obligations. In the play "A Doll 's House" composed by Henrik Ibsen, the play reflects upon the subject of the ‘sociallie and duty. By having Nora, the imperfect champion, hammer the entryway close pretty much as her spouse is hit by trust, Ibsen begun a lot of controversy between reviewrs, reporters and the general gathering of people. Through proof offered by the play, Nora is ready to leave her
In Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House the main character, Nora Helmer, shows us the story of a woman who has borrow money without her husband’s consent in order to save his life. Although this noble act would be admired by most, Nora has to keep it a secret from Torvald Helmer, her husband, as he would see it as a betrayal. The measures that Nora takes in order to keep the loan a secret, create circumstances that bring Nora—whose only duty is to serve her husband— to discover that her life can be more than just being an accessory to her husband. She becomes her own self. In her struggle to keep the borrowed money from her husband’s knowledge Nora begins a transformation from dependence of Torvald, to being self-efficient, self-worthy, and self-independent—qualities women of her time lacked of—because all, such as Nora never displayed a mind of their own.
Therefore, Nora's decision to leave her husband and family is ironic because it proves to be the "miracle" she is waiting for, rather than the one she originally expected. Nora becomes a feminist heroine in the play by showing what women can achieve, but rarely attempt. The determinism that many men force on their women partners in society (in forms of control, dominance, and power) restricts the women's ability to strengthen as individuals, and gain their own self-determinism.
Henrik Ibsen created a world where marriages and rules of society are questioned, and where deceit is at every turn. In A Doll’s House, the reader meets Nora, a housewife and mother trapped in her way of life because the unspoken rules of society. Nora and the people around her decieve each other throughout the entire play, leading up to a shocking event that will change Nora and her family lives forever. Ibsen uses the theme deceit to tell a story filled with lies and betrayal. Deception is the driving force of the play, the key theme that causes the character’s action that shapes the story.
By the use of the pet name “little lark”, it is clear that Torvald does not have an incredible amount of respect for his wife, and her response “Yes, it is!” (Ibid) shows that Nora has little respect for herself as well. The quotes show the insincere passion the two characters have for each other. Torvald uses other pet names for Nora throughout the play like “little squirrel,” (Ibsen 2), “featherhead,” (Ibid), “Miss Sweet Tooth,” (Ibsen 4), “spendthrift,” (Ibid) and “little person” (Ibid). Torvald’s use of pet names and insincere compliments show an inequality between the spouses. Each of these names show Torvald’s incredible lack of respect for Nora and creates a sense that Nora is less of a wife and more of pet, toy, or doll to Torvald.