Throughout the play he would treat her as he was her father rather than her husband. Torvald watched her every step. He even made sure she didn’t eat sweets fearing it would do damage to his trophy wife teeth. Torvald, “Hasn’t Miss Sweet Tooth been breaking rules in town today?” Nora, No certainly not.” Torvald would like to appear as a person that is a loving and responsible husband; however he is just someone who is incapable of loving someone. One of the most amazing things to Helmer was practicing Nora’s dance routine.
The relationship between a doll and its owner is more appropriate because of the sheer lack of communication between them. Torvald only viewed Nora as his “most treasured possession” (1854) not as someone just as invested in the relationship as he was. The outward happiness of the marriage covers up the problems caused by the deception The false appearance of Nora is shown in the development of her from this subservient, dependent housewife with only seldom acts of independent thought or decision to a woman wanting to fulfill “[her] duty to [herself]”(1863) before her obligations to her husband and children. Torvald’s 8 years of living in a false reality come to an end as he reveals his inner weakness to Nora after he reads the letter from Torvald about the forgery. In the beginning of the play, Torvald is calm and collected, however at the end of the play when the deceit is revealed, Torvald turns out to be a desperate, emotional man willing to do anything to protect himself.
She is a heroic character for her positive development and maturation over the course of the play. Vocalizing for all the women that enjoy independence, her character describes the feeling of being trapped as the primed and proper doll of the household that wishes to break free of her societal responsibilities. In the beginning, Nora is an easily manipulated wife who is made to never dabble in her husband’s affairs. This is due to the belief that women aren’t made to interfere with male dominated business matters. She also endures his seemingly harmless pet names that are actually used as an intimidation technique to make her feel more submissive.
In A Doll House we see a marriage between Torvald and Nora Helmer. Torvald is a major character in the play because he is the person that helps make the conflict of his wife Nora not wanting to tell him about the loan she took out and that she forged her father’s name in order to do it. Ibsen brings the issue of power in this marriage by always having Torvald in charge or the marriage. Torvald is a man that looks at his wife as an object and something that benefits him. He doesn’t really have a deep love for her, but instead is married to her because she is young and beautiful and society accepts and likes married men better than single men.
As the breadwinner he is dominant and controlling and shows such characteristics at every given opportunity. In Torvald’s opinion, to have true marriage, a husband should be the model of his wife and breadwinner as it is from the named drama piece, Nora is the Doll in the house; “Doll House”. The theme throughout the play highlight’s the idea of Nora being the doll toy owned by Torvald. This theme is repeated in words and actions that boldly is manipulation and domination as opposed to obedience, adjustment, and respect. Nora believes in self-fulfillment, and always desires what is there to be taken, but never has the interest to give anything unless it happens to be mandatory.
As most other men during this time, Torvald believed that women were not capable of making difficult decisions, or thinking for themselves. As the play progresses, Nora faces a life changing decision to abandon her duty as a wife and mother to find her own individuality. Even though Torvald is responsible for partial deterioration in their marriage, it is Nora's feministic beliefs, passion for life, thoughtlessness, and spontaneity that stimulate her ultimate plan to break away and shatter all that remained pleasant in Torvald's “perfect little dollhouse”. Nora, the protagonist, has been treated as a "play thing" by her father and then her husband, Torvald. She is thought to be fragile and incapable of resolving any serious problems.
Her true devotion to herself is discovered because of the false devotion she felt towards her husband and her role in her family. In "A Doll House," Henrik Ibsen uses the character of Nora to show that the way in which a woman is treated and her assumed role in society can actually lead to her discovery of her own true humanity. Though it seems contradictory, it is actually Torvald Helmer, Nora's husband, who cause Nora to refuse to submit to him. Torvald holds a very low opinion of Nora's ability to handle things for herself, and allows her almost no responsibility relating to the family outside of the trivial things in the home. His incessant use of his pet names, "songbird" and "squirrel" for example, trivialize her place in their home.
Nora borrows money behind her husband’s back (which is illegal at this time) and tries to cover up everything she has done. Ibsen employs the use of many themes and symbols in his A Doll House to show the reader just how Nora was a doll-child who evolved into a doll-wife. The central theme of A Doll House is a true marriage us a joining of equals. The entire play centers in on the crumbling of a marriage that is just the opposite of this. At the beginning of the play both of the Helmers seem happy with their marriage.
While his role is considered “important” to the family, Torvald expects Norato take the submissive role and raise their three children, dance the tarantella, and do as he asks. Torvald says, “Before all else you are a wife and mother” (Ibsen 68). Torvald says that Nora is to do what is asked of her and to take care of others’ needs before worrying about her own. Women were seen as “dolls”, objectified by their male counterparts. As a female in society, she is treated as an object by her husband;
Naturally Mothers “It seems most commonly to be the mother's influence, though naturally a bad father's would have the same result.” (A Doll House, 70) In this quotation, Torvald from Henrik Ibsen's, A Doll House talks about Krogstad being a liar and mentions that almost all criminals have had lying mothers. The protagonist, Nora, feels very guilty because she is hiding a secret from her family. In life, women are naturally determine whether if they are good or bad mother. In two different pieces of work these two women chose either one. In A Doll House, by Henrik Ibsen, Nora is naturally a good mother.