Problems in Marriage in Henrik Ibsen´s A Doll´s House

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In Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House play things was not what it seemed. It also teaches us a lesson on the consequences of having a marriage lacking trust and poor communication. The marriage of Torvald and Nora seemed normal like any other marriage in that time period. Torvald was the bread winner Nora was a house wife and she took care of their two children. Nora thought that the only thing she was missing to be the happiest person on earth was money, and all her problems were going to disappear. Since her husband was going to start a new job she believed that soon her dream was going to come true. All Nora wanted was to have a good life with her family, but what she did not know was that her secret was going to destroy her marriage with Torvald.
In act one we see the way Nora behaves and the way Torvald treat Nora. In front of her husband Nora seams submissive and she also acts childish. When Nora goes to show him the things she had purchased for the children he hears her coming and he tells Nora “Is that my little lark twittering out there. Is that my squirrel rummaging around?” (Ibsen 794). Nora does not mind that Torvald has these pets name for her and she even calls herself these pets’ names. Nora tells her husband “Hm, if you only knew what expenses we lark and squirrels have, Torvald” (Ibsen 796). I believe that by Nora doing this she is giving Torvald the consent to continue calling her by pet names. In my opinion this is not a normal behavior for a marriage couple. But it seems like Nora did not care that Torvald treated her like a child or called her pet names, what was important to her was the money that Torvald was giving her.
We can see as the play progresses that Nora was not as innocent as she seems in front of he...

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...e. Nora had made up her mind that she was going to leave Torvald. This marriage could have been saved if these two individuals had good communication, and trusted each other.

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