Many people believe either title fits the theme of the play. I believe that the title "A Doll's House" may fit because it is Nora being a doll in order to please her husband Torvald. Torvald sees her as his toy, not as a human equal to himself. Torvald gives his wife pet names such as "spend thrift" and "squander bird". This shows just how controlling he really is.
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.
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.
The main characters Nora and Torvald pretend to be someone who there are not to please others around them. In the early 19th century society rules where a woman was suppose to be a trophy wife and please a man in any way he asked and the man works and provides for his family and if you disobeyed the society rules you were inhuman like since society was created by humans. Sick and tired of living by society rules Nora decides to make her own rules and leave her husband despite how society would view her. While reading A Doll House, I realized that Nora was treated as a child/doll mostly by her husband Torvald. Throughout the play he would treat her as he was her father rather than her husband.
He has a bright future ahead, cares for his family, is kind to his w... ... middle of paper ... ...e door of the apartment she begins her journey to find the truth and to leave the lies and illusions behind (Hemmer 82). She sets out to cure her childishness by going out to learn of life without someone coloring it to their pleasing for her. Nora’s faults that are present throughout the play are evidence of her childlike nature. Nora constantly is munching on and subsequently hiding candy, she off-handedly lies, and also can’t resist bragging to Ms. Linde about what she has done (Boyesen 214). Nora walks out the door to find herself and to learn of life.
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.
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.
At the beginning of the novel, she does not mind her doll-like personality in which she is babied, spoiled, and demeaned. Towards the middle of the novel, Nora realizes that she is looked at as Torvald’s “silly girl” an... ... middle of paper ... ... Nora Helmer and Gregor Samsa practiced similar circumstances that include their physical changes, unpaid debt, and isolation from their families. Nora and Gregor were trying to escape the controlled society in which they lived in. Nora was controlled by her “flawless” husband and Gregor was attached to the responsibilities he had to fulfill in his household. Eventually, they both escape their controlling society towards the end of their novels.
A Doll’s House, written by Henrik Ibsen, is attempting to pursue the message that a true happy marriage is a marriage of equal parts between both people. In the beginning of the play, both the Helmers seem happy to be together. Over the course of A Doll’s House, the imbalance and unhappiness of the relationship become more obvious (Shmoop). By the end of the play, Nora Helmer, the wife of Torvald Helmer wants to focus on just herself and realizes that she was never actually in love with her husband, Torvald. Torvald, the husband, is completely blindsided by everything that Nora is feeling and is heartbroken when she leaves him.
Torvald loved her because she allowed him to play and control her as if she were real a doll. Nora begins to also understand that the love Torvald shared for her was the same to that of her father. Everything was based on what they felt was entertaining and not on loving Nora for who she is. The end of Act III brings Nora to a complete self- discovery. Nora has come to understand herself and the ones around her life.