Pet Names and Belittlement: Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House

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In a dolls house, Ibsen has combined several characters with diverse personal qualities and used them to develop the story line as well as bring to life the major themes and issues that the plot is meant to address. Primarily there are two types of characters who can be categorized as static and dynamic, the static characters remain the same form the start to the end of a story and despite the events taking place around them, and they do not change their perception or altitudes. These types of characters are often “punished” for their inflexibility especially when there are antagonists. In A doll’s house, Nora’s husband Torvald is depicted as such, he treats Nora like she is a child and proves incapable of understanding the depth of her inner feeling or her personal strength which albeit not manifest at first are preset nevertheless. At the end of the play, he is still holding on to the same patronizing altitude and this results in her leaving him claiming quite rightly, that he does not understand her. The second type of character which Nora embodies is the dynamic character, whereby she is flexible, undergoes growth and changes in personality and perception as the story develops, again she respond more deeply to situations and circumstances. This is evident when the childish Nora who Ibsen introduces is not a decisive, intelligent and pragmatic woman who is gradually revealed, and the climax of her transformation is seen when she authoritatively terminates her marriage to Torvald who had appeared to be in control of her all along. The primary focus of this paper is to examine the character of Nora and explores her various attributes in the context of the plot and concerning her relationship with the other characters in “A doll’... ... middle of paper ... ...nd but the children who had done nothing to deserve abandonment (Rosefeldt 85). This was so serious that in Germany the performance of the play was banned until Ibsen finally bowed to the pressure and grudgingly rewrote the ending such that Nora breaks down in tears and agrees to stay but only for the sake of the children. Works Cited Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll’s House. Rockville, MD: Arc Manor LLC. 2009. Print Lingard, John. "Ibsen: A Doll's House." Modern Drama 39.2 (1996): 363. Rosefeldt, Paul. "Ibsen's A Doll's House." The Explicator 61.2 (2003): 84-5. Templeton, Joan. "Reviews -- Ibsen: A Doll's House by Egil Tornqvist." Scandinavian Studies 68.1 (1996): 135-7. Yuehua, Guo. "Gender Struggle Over Ideological Power in Ibsen's A Doll's House/LA LUTTE DES SEXES SUR LE POUVOIR IDEOLOGIQUE DANS MAISON DE POUPEE D'IBSEN." Canadian Social Science 5.1 (2009): 79-87.

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