“Has the little spendthrift been out throwing money around again? (Ibsen 1569)” He naturally assumes that Nora, being a woman, is out frivolously wasting money. This belief comes very naturally to Helmer. He is the model man of his time, as well as this one. He has a bright future ahead, cares for his family, is kind to his w... ... middle of paper ... ...e door of the apartment she begins her journey to find the truth and to leave the lies and illusions behind (Hemmer 82).
Nora Helmer, tries hard to perform the roles expected of a woman, which, however, has led to her sacrifice of individual ideals and fulfillment of personal freedom. Ibsen reveals Nora’s grasp of independence through his use of symbolism, irony, and development of characters. Nora’s first impression of the audience is being an obedient, money-loving, childish wife. In the first act, Nora seems to just want money from her husband, she doesn’t delay herself in asking for money. Even when asked what she would like for Christmas, money is her answer.
In fact, even her answer to what she would like for Christmas, her answer is money. The way Torvald addresses Nora as if she was just a little girl is quite impressive, “my little lark mustn’t droop her wings like that. What? Is my squirrel in the sulks?” The quote shows that he is talking to a little child. 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.
The best title is definitely "A Doll's House" because Nora is the only character acting in a different manner in order to please her power hungry husband, Torvald. Even if she was conniving it was all in good intentions. It takes a very loving wife to go out of her way in order to make sure that her husband isn't burdened down with the expenses of a trip that saved his life. However, Torvald doesn't really see his Nora as his wife emotionally but as his little sex pet. This is what Nora finally realizes at the end of the play when Torvald is only worried about himself and what everyone else thinks about him.
In the play A Doll House, there are many suggestions referring to how a woman was expected to behave and how men were expected to behave during the time this play was written. Nora’s character first appears to be very feminist. For an example, she doesn’t have a real job, she spends money carelessly, and she says and does things to make her appear very childish and dependent upon Torvald. On the other end Torvald her husband, makes the money for the family and he appears to be easy going one in the house. The main characters Nora and Torvald pretend to be someone who there are not to please others around them.
For example, Nora is always trying to make herself happy by spending money. She buys dresses, toys, candy etc., instead of working on her relationship with Torvald or her children. She never spend serious time with her husband, and always leaves her children to their nurse. Throughout her fantasy life, Nora is passive and becomes an object of her husband, rather than doing anything meaningful. As a result, Torvald is possessive of her and treats her like a "doll" instead of a human being.
Nora borrows money behind her husband’s back (which is illegal at this time) and tries to cover up everything she has done. Ibsen employs the use of many themes and symbols in his A Doll House to show the reader just how Nora was a doll-child who evolved into a doll-wife. The central theme of A Doll House is a true marriage us a joining of equals. The entire play centers in on the crumbling of a marriage that is just the opposite of this. At the beginning of the play both of the Helmers seem happy with their marriage.
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.
Calling his wife names such as skylark', squirrel', and spendthrift', Torvald does not love his wife with the respect and sensitivity a man should. He gives Nora an allowance but thinks she spends it frivolously. "What are little people called that are always wasting money? It's a sweet little spendthrift. One would hardly believe how expensive such little persons are" (439) Here, Nora is referred to as a small subordinate creature once again.
Worried for her own and her daughters' futures, she knows that if her girls want money, they have to marry it. Mrs. Hammond encourages her oldest daughter, Lucy, to marry a very wealthy man. Emily, however, falls for a poet who has little regard for money. Because Emily refuses to pollute her heart with greed, she finds true love with Kelroy, which outlives all material pleasures. Without money we cannot survive because it's necessary to provide food, clothing, and shelter.