This subordinate role from which Nora progresses emphasizes the need for change in society's view of women. For Nora, her inferior, doll-like nature is a facade for a deeper passion for individuality that begins to surface during the play and eventually fully emerges in the ending. An example of this deep yearning for independence is shown when Nora tells her friend, Kristina Linde about earning her own money by doing copying. Nora explains, "it was tremendous fun sitting [in her room] working and earning money. It was almost like being a man" (A Doll's House, 162).
The play demonstrates, through many of its characters, that there is a hidden side to everyone’s personality, which is often shown when two characters, that are close, interact. In addition, the play acts as a warning to restrain from dishonesty, so that we may not ruin the relationships that are in our lives, which is shown by Nora. The issue of gender inequality in the society and marriage during the 19th century is brought to issue in the play. It is shown that Nora and Torvald’s marriage is a façade and that they both are doll’s, created to... ... middle of paper ... ...have the power to do so. Henrik Ibsen effectively uses Nora and Torvald's characters to mock all the silly rules, expectations and boundaries society put on gender roles.
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.
Rose, 2). Dracula accentuates the lust for sexuality through the main characters by contrasting it with the fears of the feminine sexuality during the Victorian period. In Victorian society, according to Dr.William Acton, a doctor during the Victorian period argued that a woman was either labelled as innocent and pure, or a wife and mother. If a woman was unable to fit in these precincts, consequently as a result she would be disdained and unfit for society and be classified as a whore (Acton, 180). The categorizing of woman is projected through the “uses the characters of Lucy and Mina as examples of the Victorian ideal of a proper woman, and the “weird sisters” as an example of women who are as bold as to ignore cultural boundaries of sexuality and societal constraints” according to Andrew Crockett from the UC Santa Barbara department of English (Andrew Cro... ... middle of paper ... ... the Victorian ideals is seen as a threat to society and is deemed unfit.
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.
A Doll’s House is a play written by Henrik Ibsen during the Victorian era that portrays the role of women at that time, not only in marriage but in society as well, the gender discrimination suffered quietly by the women and witnessed impassively by the men, and subsequently reflects on the attitude each gender has towards itself as well as towards the other gender. In this paper the following is discussed – how Nora became aware of this inequality and the oppression she faced in the course of the three Acts in the play, what gender equality really meant at that time, and how the writer integrated such messages of inequality and oppression into the play. In this play Ibsen talks about Nora Helmer’s journey of self-discovery, which led her to find her independence in a time when such acts by women were against norms of the society. Nora is one of the more confusing characters in the play; her attitude and behaviour have a wide span —she displays a childlike innocence at some instances in the play, while at other times she shows maturity and seriousness more suitable to a woman of her age or older. She is introduced in Act One with a chirpy and childish character which can be seen in her interactions with her husband.
Ibsen belittles the role of the housewife through means of stage direction, diminutive pet names and through Nora’s interaction with her morally ultimate husband, Torvald. Nora parades the façade of being naïve and frivolous, deteriorating her character from being a seemingly ignorant child-wife to a desperate woman in order to preserve her illusion of the security of home and ironically her own sanity. A Doll’s House ‘s depiction of the entrapment of the average 19th century housewife and the societal pressures placed upon her displays a woman’s gradual descent into madness. Ibsen illustrates this descent through Torvald’s progressive infantilization of Nora and the pressure on Nora to adhere to societal norms. Nora is a woman pressured by 19th century societal standards and their oppressive nature result in the gradual degradation of her character that destroys all semblances of family and identity.Nora’s role in her family is initially portrayed as being background, often “laughing quietly and happily to herself” (Ibsen 148) because of her isolation in not only space, but also person.
When this play is being read you will notice that the society’s negative view of women may have had an impact on Ibsen for him to come up with a play about a female hero in Nora and Mrs. Linde during an era where it wouldn't have been viewed favorably and the reason why many generations of audience and readers of this play choose to identify the play as a work of feminism. I will also analyze this play with additional elaboration on the Victorian era. When The Doll House was written in 1879, the globe was still fully within the clutc... ... middle of paper ... ... who can make a decision on what she wants. Nora is not only Ibsen’s vessel to show women’s strong character, but serves the purpose of showing women as equal human beings. Nora also represents the ideal woman Ibsen wanted Laura to be.
Ibsen's A Doll's House In A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen criticizes the patriarchal society he lives in by using a fictional woman, Nora, to show women oppression. She begins to feel constrained by her husband, so much so that she feels the need to mask her true identity and deceive him. She feels that deceit is her only way out from the social constraints. Ibsen moved around a lot in his life and observed many societies. Much of his writing satirizes the shortcomings of society and the people within it.
TITLE : People may argue that George, Eilert, and Judge Brack are responsible for Hedda’s death, but in reality it is the fault of Hedda’s society. I’ve chosen this statement for several reasons. Ibsen’s character, Hedda Gabler, represents the women of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Hedda stands the issues of self-worth and the deflated value that each woman places upon her own importance as a result of male dominance. We can see this in the play, as we read we learn more about the character of Hedda Gabler.