Though she is not aware of trying to create a perfect home like a doll house, her greed pushes her to act on a whim and borrow money from Mr. Krogstad to save her husband, whom she lies to that her father provided the money. She may have taken the decision out of love to save her husband’s pride, but the outcome was bound to be horrendous. She is portrayed as an independent woman, who however was inexperienced in the ways of the world, judging by how she was so quick in her judgment of trusting Kristina with her “secret”. While she may be trusting with Kristina, the same could not be said of her relationship with her husband and when she finds herself in a dilemma of facing the truth with him or leaving her marriage, she becomes withdrawn and edgy as the urge to tell the truth weighs down heavily on her. She not only borrows money, she lies and forges her father’s signature, because she knew that the loan would not be given to her without any male surety.
Torvald responds to Nora in such a way that he does not believe that she could commit such a malicious act out of love for him. Torvald continues to desire answers as to why she would have acted so recklessly, however he does not stop shouting to... ... middle of paper ... ...n living to please her father, and now Torvald. Nora at last comes to the realization that her life is worth more than just existing, she needs to find out exactly who she is, all on her own, by leaving her husband and children behind. The decision for Nora to leave her husband and children behind is an extremely difficult decision to make. I am able to understand how she could leave her husband, the self-righteous and pompous man that he is; however, leaving her children behind is a much more difficult decision to make.
She begins as seemingly exactly what society wants her to be. She is outwardly submissive to Torvald and willingly plays the part of a helpless, needy, and even childlike wife. Nora bends over backwards and resorts to lies and deception to maintain the perfect marriage act with Torvald. In answering Kristine with why she never told her husband about borrowing money to save his life, Nora says “how painful and humiliating it would be for Torvald, with his masculine pride, to know that he owed me anything! It would completely upset the balance of our relationship” (Ibsen, 1128).
Linde tells Krogstad she believes they must "have a complete understanding [...] which is impossible with [...] concealment and falsehood [...]" (52). Nora keeps a dangerous secret from Torvald in order for them to still appear "normal" to society. Consequently, they are not honest with each other so they cannot keep their marriage together. Nora pretends to "be someone she is not in order to fulfill the role that Torvald, her father, and society at large have expected of her" (Gillis). She is also wronged because she is led to believe "she was happy, that she was an ideal wife, and that her husband loves her" (Goonetilleke) only to find out he impulsively refuses to stay with her because she has committed a crime.
Hawthorne demonstrates how love is a weakness though his character, Hester Prynne. When the townspeople try to coerce Hester into giving them the name of her daughter’s father, she refuses to “give [her] child a father” (68). This act displays an intense amount of devotion to her lover, in that she willingly protects him and his reputation at the expense
As a woman, she does not have the authority to disagree with her husband or try to influence his actions. Torvald says, “If it ever got around that the new manager had been talked over by his wife…” (Ibsen 42) showing that it would be a laughing matter if a woman had an idea, but Nora still makes many attempts to persuade her husband. As a friend, Nora is expected to know her role which is a listener and supporter for Mrs. Linde and just an acquaintance to Dr. Rank, but the relationship with Dr. Rank goes beyond what is acceptable. When Dr. Rank confesses his feelings for Nora she is very upset because they can no longer flirt with each other now that the feelings are real. Her role is to be a loyal wife to her husband, which she is, but Ibsen uses the flirtatious dialect between the two to show that there are mutual feelings and that confessing them brings the relationship beyond what is allowed.
The love affair between Kristen and Erlend becomes a disgrace to Kristen’s family especially her father. In many ways, this book addresses several topics on the roles of women in society during this time. Women were seen as possessions, for example, we see this with Kristen and her father and then later on with her husband. Kristen is conflicted between choosing the love of her life or the morals that her father has taught her. She doesn’t want to shame her father, however, she wants to ultimately be with the man she loves.
As the play progresses, the reader come to know that for Helmer’s sickness in the past, Nora was forced to borrow money from Helmer’s scoundrel college mate and bank colleague Nils Krogstad to save her husband’s life. She got the loan without informing her husband as she knows it would be painful and humiliating for him to know about her favour. She first used diplomacy to convince him for going abroad. She also “hinted that he could borrow the money” (Act I, p.46). He got almost angry and did not want “to yield to her whims and fancies” (ibid) as he was unable to suspect how ill he was.
B1 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.
For the first time in Nora’s life she has found someone to communicate with and there is significance in their conversation for both of them. This type of relationship sheds light on the fact that Nora and Torvald have an extreme lack of communication, one which Nora would love to achieve but has no idea how to remove the mask she has worn for so long. With Dr. Rank being a rich, sickly widower Nora could have taken advantage of his love, and asked him for money, but she refrains which presents a certain amount of moral quality to her sketchy character. Therefore, Dr. Rank “plays a pivotal role in her choice to leave her family and in the long-term success of her liberation” (DeVaull 275). By the end of the play it is implied that upon