The best title is definitely "A Doll's House" because Nora is the only character acting in a different manner in order to please her power hungry husband, Torvald. Even if she was conniving it was all in good intentions. It takes a very loving wife to go out of her way in order to make sure that her husband isn't burdened down with the expenses of a trip that saved his life. However, Torvald doesn't really see his Nora as his wife emotionally but as his little sex pet. This is what Nora finally realizes at the end of the play when Torvald is only worried about himself and what everyone else thinks about him.
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.
A Doll House is widely considered to be one of the first and most poignant examples of realism in drama. Ibsen developed a definitive plot in A Doll House, but the play is primarily a social critique that examines the role of women in society. Nora frets endlessly about the effects of her betrayal but by the end of the play she becomes reflective and even a bit scornful of her husband and the role he has helped force her in to. Right before Nora is going to abandon her family, Torvald comments that, “no man would sacrifice his honor for the one he loves”. Nora’s caustic reply is that, “it is a thing hundreds of thousands of women have done” (3.
Nora had no choice but to seek a loan behind her husband’s back in o... ... middle of paper ... ...ho knows her interests. Nora’s character is great for showing women’s tough character and serves the purpose of showing women becoming more socially accepted. All of these are shown with Nora’s possession of a secret, lying life. Before her transformation, she appears as an attractive, amusing doll to Torvald and her father, but it is only when they find out of her secret letter and forgery is when they start to understand her for more than the gorgeous child that she is. After the transformation, Nora shows that she can fight for her rights, work hard, endure huge amounts of stress, and she is skilled to do things when she is strong-minded.
This is all seen through Nora’s “second” life. From what it appears, on the surface she’s a beautiful, fun toy to her husband, and somewhat to her friend, Mrs. Linden. It isn’t until her secret becomes known that she is appreciated more. Nora’s secret or second life helps her prove to herself that she has the ability to work and earn money, and that she has the capability to endure huge amounts of pressure when determined. It is because of this secret life of hers that eventually allows for her to free herself from the “doll” house, and ultimately lets her leave the house fearlessly, with the intentions of learning about herself.
The beginning of the play reveals a woman totally dependent on her husband for everything,. It isn’t until the end of the play that she realizes she can be herself and she doesn’t have to depend on her husband. Nora realizes “that if she wants an identity as an adult that she must leave her husband’s home” (Drama for Students 112). By examining Nora, we see from Ibsen’s theme that if we ignore all the expectations the social world has for a person, our true selves can be revealed. Bibliography: “A Doll’s House.” Drama for Students.
Role play is a big part of “A Doll House” by Henrik Ibsen because all the characters pretend to be someone there not instead of being their selves. The one who stands out the most though is Nora. It’s almost like she lives two different lives because of how differently she acts. Nora is claimed to be Torvald’s childish, loving wife and is unknowingly a strong, independent woman. She was known as the playful, trophy wife by everyone at the beginning of the play, but as the play goes on she is shown as a self-empowering, eager woman.
No, it started with the injustices her father played upon her; treating her as his little doll, a doll to play dress-up and present his doting daughter to others. Subsequently, it was not hard for Torvald to continue Nora’s life as a living doll; his own game within as she is a willing subject. “[Quite] right, Christine. You see, Torvald loves me so indescribably, he wants to have me all to himself, as he says.” (Act II 54) Reveals how Torvald wants his toy all to himself; all along Nora knowing this she plays along with the game. While she keeps Torvald from finding out her biggest secret, she knowingly continues to play the role of Nora the doll; helpless without direction from the puppet master.
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.
Heroics of Women in Ibsens A Dolls House The Heroics of Women Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” is a play about a young wife and her husband. Nora and Helmer seem to be madly in love with one another and very happy with their lives together. Yet the conflict comes into this show when Nora brags to her friend Ms. Linde about how she had forged her father’s name to borrow money to save her husband’s life and how she had been secretly paying off this debt. Helmer finds out about this crime and is furious, until he finds that no one will ever know about it. This entire conflict is written to bring to light the ridiculous social expectations demanded of both women and men.