Is The Blame For A Doll's House

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Who’s to Blame? Individuals naturally want to place the blame on others, instead of taking responsibility for their own actions. Individuals that place the blame on others only make them human, but the effect of their action is not fair for others. In the play A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen opens the scene on Christmas Eve in the Helmer’s home, where Nora Helmer is excited about the gifts she is giving and Torvald is unhappy with the amount of money she spends on the gifts. The play ultimately leads to Nora walking out on Torvald and her three children. Nora borrows money from Krogstad to save her husband’s life, but she forges a signature that is the driving force of the play. Krogstad blackmails Nora with the letter in order to save his job…show more content…
Nora hints to Anne Marie that she wants her to watch the children when she leaves by saying, “Dear old Anne Marie, you were such a good mother to me when I was little. Nursemaid: Poor little Nora, you had no other mother but me. Nora: And if my little ones had no mother, I’m sure that you would” ( Ibsen 1575). Nora already has the idea of wanting to leave her family and she is just making sure that Anne Marie would take care of her children like how she took care of Nora. Before Nora leaves, she wants to make sure that her children will be looked after because she does not know how to be a mother to her children. Nora is afraid that she will raise the children poorly and when Torvald states, “Because an atmosphere of lies infects and poisons the whole family of a home. Every breath the children take in a house like that is full of the germs of moral corruption . . . My dear, I’ve seen it many times in my legal career. Almost everyone who’s gone wrong at a young age had a dishonest mother” (Ibsen 1573). Nora is frightened by the thought that she is a terrible mother because she is filling her home with lies. The thought of being a bad mother and ruining the children is stuck in Nora’s head. She does not have any idea of how to be a good mother because she had no role model when she was raised, the nanny was the only source of a mother she had. Nora has no idea what a good mother looks like because of her childhood, so she thinks she cannot be a good mother to her children. Nora’s thoughts about corrupting her children because of her decision to lie to Krogstad and ruin her family ultimately drives her to think that she is unfit to be a
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