Helmer and Nora's Relationship in Ibsen's Doll's House

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Helmer and Nora's Relationship in Ibsen's Doll's House Ibsens use of language helps us see the characters nature and to find out their personality and structure of the characters relationships. Each character has their own unique use of language. This helps us to see the difference between the characters and their relationships. As we read through the play A Dolls House this becomes clear when we learn about Nora and Torvalds relationship and how it changes throughout the play. As we read throughout the play, the language used by Torvald gives us an invaluable insight into his character, He never seems to be stuck on what to say and his language remains confident and constant throughout the majority of A Dolls House. Torvald see’s himself as above Nora, he is a controlling and dominating person, he contantly uses imperative language and interrogatatives to overrule the conversation. He uses sarcastic language such as “Do I have to tell you”. He is shocked that Nora doesn’t already know because he expects everyone to have the same views as he does. Helmer sees himself as above Nora, this wasn’t unheard of in this era, Men went to work whilst women stayed at home and looked after the children. We can tell that Torvald see’s himself as superior to Nora, he thinks shes not going to succeed in being independent “Aha! So little miss independent is in trouble and needs a man to rescue her, does she?”. He uses the word little to undermine her and patronize her. He often does this throughout the play, for example “Little miss obstinate” and “Little silly”, hes talking to her like a child and like he’s her father and he takes upon a fa... ... middle of paper ... ...our seven, Thirty-one hours to live” This quote shows the audience she is panicking. Nora uses lots of language which has double meanings “I shall not sleep tonight” The audience can guess that she is planning on running away. The language between Nora and Torvald changes throughout the play, at first Torvald uses dominating language and Nora uses childlike language to fit into the father/daughter role. Then at the end of Act 3 when Nora says shes leaving, she becomes strong and confident and knows everything to say, Helmer becomes weak, confused and Nora overrules him instead. The language Ibsen uses gives us an invalueable insight into the characters personality, he clearly shows the characters personality throughout the play and uses language which clearly states the change in Nora and Torvalds relationship.
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