The way in which Torvald speaks to Nora, calling her his “little squirrel”, or his “skylark”, and nonchalantly telling her she spends too much of his money, is based on his expectations of her being responsible. Torvald is considered an upstanding man within his society. With Nora to be out a “spendthrift”, it looks bad on him. In the time setting, women were held to expectations from society to be submissive to their husb... ... middle of paper ... ...loves Torvald, she stops acting the child, and begins acting a woman. Nora’s thoughts of leaving her children to find herself, is not what society would expect of her.
Dr. Rank asked if telling Nora of his feelings was mean and Nora explains that it wasn’t, but it was quite unnecessary. Nora explains to Dr. Rank that he filled the position of her childhood maids. She would talk to the maids and they never tried to improve her. Dr. Rank was that friend, but he changed their friendship by wanting more from
Through the events of the play, Nora becomes increasingly aware of the confines in which Torvald has placed her. He has made her a doll in her own house, one that is expected to keep happy and busy as a songbird, who acts and does as he deems proper. As a result of this, she is often pointed out to be very simple by the other characters. Her friend Christina calls her “a mere child,” showing how naïve she appears to be to the hardships in life. To prove to her friend that she really has achieved something on her own to be proud of, Nora tells Christina of her secret borrowing of money for the trip to Italy that saved Torvald’s life.
She is raised no to have her own identity. Nora: Yes, it's true now, Torvald. When I lived at home with Papa, he told me all his opinions, so I had the same ones too; or if they were different I hid them, since he wouldn't have care for that. He used to call... ... middle of paper ... ... is representative of the awakening of society to the changing view of the role of woman. A Doll's House magnificently illustrates the need for and a prediction of this change.
The set itself, at first glance seems rather plain, there’s a wall, a stage, and another wall with a few doorways and a window. As the play begins however its clear that the simplistic design of the scenery is very well planned. The right side of the stage is set as the bedroom for Esther throughout the play. The room itself is very plain, to the point of being boring. However, as the audience learns more about Esther herself, it becomes clear that this plays into her personality.
She is not expected to do that much besides looking good. They have a maid to take care of the children and Torvald is the one that goes to work to make. Another way to view the relationship between Nora and the tree is the cover up with nice things to cover the truth. A Christmas tree is ugly just by itself; once you decorate it, the change from ugly to beautiful occurs. No one would just by a Christmas tree to have it sit bare in their house.
Torvald is depicted as a moralistic being who has a mindset that a husband must hold the most power within a marriage. In the beginning of act I, Torvald uses phrases that are seen as degrading towards his wife. “When did my squirrel get in?” (Ibsen, 1106) Torvald seems to be dehumanizing his wife with pet names. Although Nora keeps the conversation going as if it doesn’t bother her, Torvald believes that he has the most power in the relationship, thus talking to Nora in a childish manner. Throughout this same scene, Torvald shows signs that his work is more important than what his wife asks of him.
This gives the impression that he cares deeply for his daughter, and is a good father. The phrase 'hopeful lady of my heart' suggests he has hope for her to be something special. He tells Paris to make her fall in love with him 'but woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart' this suggests to the audience his actions are not completely selfish, that he does... ... middle of paper ... ... man, and compares the different reactions of father and daughter to marriage. This shows the audience the lack of communication and trust between the two. Throughout the play the audience I] s struck by the way Old Capulet and Juliet's relationship changes almost everyday.
In fact, Torvald states that he is giving her money, and as he is doing so, their interaction seems to be almost of a grandparent giving money to his favorite and precious granddaughter. This interaction makes Nora appear to be more of a prized possession than an equal partner. However, little does the audience know, this is just merely the r... ... middle of paper ... ...es also serves a purpose of equality in women as human. Nora’s character is also able to argue that aspects of society may be immoral which may or may not be correct except for the view of woman as less intelligent than the opposite sex. This is all seen through Nora’s “second” life.
She remains unmoved when her husband tells her that they “can’t spend money recklessly,” her rebuttal is that they can “borrow” until he has received his salary. The audience has no ba... ... middle of paper ... .... She often times discards her domestic roles as a mother and wife and takes on “masculine” roles, re-surfacing a trait that has been suffocated by her surroundings. Ibsen uses both the characters of Mrs. Linde and Nora to display the capabilities of women outside of their traditional roles, and uses Mrs. Linde’s influence on Nora to represent the positive influences women can make on society if given the opportunity. Works Cited Cassa, Francis. “Introduction to Franz Kalfka.” IB English III.