(21). Since Nora was wrong in doing so socially, she could not tell Torvald or anyone else about her problem. Not only would that affect their social standard but also Torvald's ego, which inevitably would happen anyway. After Krogstad threatens to expose Nora for forging her father's signature, she realizes that no matter what she does Torvald was going to know the truth. The flaw with... ... middle of paper ... ...ying in a marriage since divorce was frowned upon during that era.
Mrs. Linde and Nora are at opposite ends of their lives, one breaks up her marriage to be independent and the other enters into a relationship. Mrs. Linde expresses her feelings to be a mother, whereas, Nora sacrifices her relationship with her children to be free. Mrs. Linde is an integral part of Nora’s transformation from a “squirrel” to a free woman. Mrs. Linde acts as Nora’s guide throughout the play and leads to her realization of how superficial and materialistic her life with Torvald really was.Were not for Mrs. Linde and her actions, Nora who have never grasped reality and would remained as Torvald’s doll.
She spends time without her husband, grows accustomed to the idea of freedom, and discovers her longing for a role as an individual in the world (Chopin 23). Edna tries to escape the obligations that belong to many women of that time like raising the children or waiting for visitors. As Nora is compared to a “doll-wife”, Edna is portrayed as a bird,... ... middle of paper ... ... freedom (Chopin 171). In order to grow and develop on their own, Nora and Edna needed various sources of relationships that would shape them throughout the novel positively or even negatively. Relationships influenced them in ways that brought about their own awakening.
Ultimately, she decides to break away from her husband and children to leave behind the society that has oppressed her. She feels compelled to learn more about herself and what she wants in life. In the play, A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen highlights the negative treatment that women received during the late 1800s and uses Nora to rebel against society’s expectations for the role of women. In the Helmer household, Torvald as the male, is superior, and is in charge of making money and running the household. 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.
These sentiments ironically portray the very qualities of married life that Nora desired to win, and keep throughout her life; and these feelings add to her established flair for the romantic. Since the main plot of A Doll’s House revolves around the debt incurred by Nora upon taking out a loan to pay for Helmer’s recovery, Krogstad functions primarily to set forth the series of actions, which propels much of the story. In contrast to Nora, who seems t... ... middle of paper ... ...ciation with her children, who she had to leave in order to better serve as Nora’s nurse. The reader sympathizes slightly with both women in this fact. Ibsen uses their relationship to further develop Nora’s personality and feelings towards her relations.
In Henrik Ibsen’s play, A Doll House, Nora Helmer represents many feministic ideals of the late eighteen hundreds. The ending is often what the play as a whole is remembered by, due to its shocking nature. Nora, the female lead of the play decides to leave her home suddenly, after a confrontation with her husband Torvald and never returns. Many saw this as a huge decision that was made abruptly, however what they fail to notice are the aspects that motivated Nora from the start of the play. At first, Nora may seem as if she is just a mindless, care free woman who is content with her life.
Though she appears nervous and tense about Torvald finding the truth about the loan, she has hope that Torvald will save her from getting in trouble, just like her father would. At least, that is what she believes until the truth comes crashing down on her. Torvald’s abhorrence and disgusts towards Nora brings her to a very sad and life-changing truth that Torvald is never the man that she thought he is. The truth brings Nora into a realization that their marriage is nothing but a life that is founded and maintained by social rules and never by love that she thought. Nora’s frustration of her doll-like life becomes evident.
Jane’s Eyre faces many problems in her short life: her father and mother died when she was young, they left her to a family who views and treats Jane as a burden, and she is a girl desiring individualism in a patriarchic society that eulogizes conformity. But in Mrs. Reed’s last action involving Jane, Mrs. Reed, unintentionally gives Jane the gift of an education—which has given Jane the confidence in her ability to perorate and adapt to many situations. Thus, Jane is now prepared to achieve whatever she wants to achieve—whether it conforms to Victorian conventions or not.
While Nora finally understands the situation, she is in and what she needs to do but Torvald defines her new attitudes as madness “You’re ill, Nora; you’re feverish; I almost think you’re out of your mind” (840). “However, the characterization has been tied to the fact that she is breaking taboos or challenging conventions” (Langås 160). Torvald is still stuck in his fantasy world of how a wife should talk and act per his standard and the society he stands for. “Nora still has no way of knowing that she is not endangering her children with her presence and in the end, she feels impelled to leave, and her decision is less an act of defiance against her husband and society than an attempt to save the lives of her children” (Brooks
The story ends with the girl socially positioned and accepted as a girl, which she accepts with some unease. The young girl in the story is struggling with finding her own gender identity. She would much rather work alongside her father, who was “tirelessly inventive” (Munro 328), than stay and work with her mother in the kitchen, depicted through, “As soon as I was done I ran out of the house, trying to get out of earshot before my mother thought of what to do next” (329). The girl is torn between what her duties are suppose to be as a woman, and what she would rather be doing, which is work with her father. She sees her father’s work as important and worthwhile, while she sees her mother’s work as tedious and not meaningful.