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Natural Mothers in Henrik Ibsen's, A Doll House

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Naturally Mothers
“It seems most commonly to be the mother's influence, though naturally a bad father's would have the same result.” (A Doll House, 70) In this quotation, Torvald from Henrik Ibsen's, A Doll House talks about Krogstad being a liar and mentions that almost all criminals have had lying mothers. The protagonist, Nora, feels very guilty because she is hiding a secret from her family. In life, women are naturally determine whether if they are good or bad mother. In two different pieces of work these two women chose either one. In A Doll House, by Henrik Ibsen, Nora is naturally a good mother. She loves, cares and enjoys spending time with her three children. In Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert, Emma is a bad mother. She is careless, inattentive mother who loves her child when she feels like it. In these two works, the two feminine protagonists express differently as mothers are naturally good they act or at least try to.

Nora Helmer is naturally a mother who shows a lot of love, care, and enjoys spending quality time with her three children, Ivar, Bob, and Emmy. In the start of the play, Nora brings a
Christmas tree to her house and hiding it from her children until its decorated. Nora also buys a new suit and a sword for Ivar; a horse and a trumpet for Bob; a doll and dolly's bedstead for
Emmy for Christmas presents. (45) Torvold discuss that he is looking forward for the dinner in
Fernandez 2 the evening, Nora adds, “So am I! And how the children will enjoy themselves, Torvald!” (47) Nora cares and always have her three loving children in her mind.

“How fresh and well you look! Such red cheeks like apples and roses. [The children all talk at once while she speaks to them.] Have you had ...

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...he would be a good mother or at least try but other times she would say, “Strange,” Emma thought, “how ugly
Fernandez 4 this child is” (109) Emma is a false mother, whenever she want to love and show affection she does but when she was busy shopping or having affairs she would ignore her or think bad about Berthe.

This concludes both work A Doll House and Madame Bovary that some mothers are just naturally good and naturally bad. Women all over the world can be like Nora, a naturally good mother who loves, spend time, and would do what is best for their children even they are having tough situations like herself who hides the loan secret. Unfortunately, some women who are naturally bad mothers like Emma who is careless, inattentive, and try to love their children when they want. These two feminine protagonists are examples how differently as mothers women are.