Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

analytical Essay
923 words
923 words

In Henrik Ibsen’s play, “A Dollhouse”, we learn of a woman who has been repressed almost her entire life. Nora Helmer was treated like a little girl not only by her father, but by her husband, Torvald, as well. Her life is compared to that of a doll’s in the play. In order to get what she wants she dresses and acts as to please Torvald. The two other principle characters in this play, Dr. Rank and Mrs. Linde, help to portray the characters of both Torvald and Nora. More specifically, Dr. Rank can be contrasted with Mr. Helmer, and the same can be done with Mrs. Linde and Nora. This not only allows the reader to understand the characters, but to help bring out one of the central themes of the story: the repression of the woman. Nora Helmer is portrayed throughout most of the play as a young-hearted, naïve housewife. Mrs. Christine Linde, on the other hand, although around the same age, seems far more mature. She visits Nora unexpectedly and explains to Nora her hardships. It is evident from the first act of the play that Christine has had far more experience with life. And, she even tells Nora that she “knows so little of the burdens and troubles of life” (1.156). This large contrast in character is useful to accentuate Nora’s childlike characteristics. Mrs. Linde is far more independent, and so it is easy to see how contingent Nora is on her husband. Mrs. Linde has lost her husband and is left nothing, where as Nora is constantly nagging her husband for more m...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how henrik ibsen's play, "a dollhouse," portrays nora helmer as a doll. dr. rank and mrs. linde portray the characters of both torvald and nor.
  • Analyzes how nora helmer is portrayed as a young-hearted, nave housewife, while mrs. christine linde, although around the same age, seems far more mature.
  • Analyzes how dr. rank, on the other hand, is helpful in understanding mr. helmer. torvald plays a controlling husband, who treats his wife like his little "doll"
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