Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

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Henrik Isben?s A Doll?s House is the story of a man and a woman who have been married for eight years but are not really in love. Although at the first of the story we see a typical family, underneath there lies a dark secret. Torvald Helmer, the husband, is a lawyer who has been unsuccessful in the past because he would not accept a shady case. This has put the couple and their children in a great financial struggle and this forces him to turn elsewhere for employment. He ends up working at a local bank, putting an end to the family struggle. At the start of the story we see Nora Helmer, his wife, coming in from town with several small wrapped packages and a Christmas tree. She is a very childish acting woman but on the same note, she is also very deceptive and cunning. Nora has kept a secret from her husband ever since they moved from their last home. Torvald was very sick and Nora was pregnant with their first child. Nora?s father was on his deathbed as well. Torvald?s doctor confided in Nora that if Torvald didn?t move south then he was going to die. Since they hadn?t the money to do so, Nora takes it upon herself to borrow the money, which was not allowed solely by a woman. In order to get the loan she and her father had to sign the papers. Seeing her father?s condition, she forged his signature. She told her husband that the money was a gift from her father so he would not feel indebted to her forever. The money that Nora borrowed is almost paid off at this point and she was excited. Then the story takes a sudden turn. According to Maurice Valency, ?Nora as yet the earnest and innocent child who was sure there could be no harm in forging her father?s signature, provided her motives were good? (253). The man from who... ... middle of paper ... ...er inability to be trusted and all that had occurred. Bibliography: Works Cited Downs, Brian. Essay Date 1950. Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 37 pg 239-243. Isben, Henrick. A Doll?s House. 1879. Kirszner & Mandell. Literature Reading, Reacting, Writing. Fourth Edition. Harcourt College Publishers. Northam, John. Essay Date 1960. Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 37, pg. 249. Salome, Lou. Essay Date 1892. Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 37, pg. 226-231. Thomas, David. Essay Date 1983. Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 37, pg. 258-260. Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 8, pg. 140-141. Valency, Maurice. Essay Date 1963. Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 37, pg. 253 Weigand, Hermann J. Essay Date 1925. Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 37 pg. 233-235.

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