Theme Of Identity In A Doll's House

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In Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”, characters are constantly changing their identity. Nora opens up the play by presenting her childish mind to Torvald. Always being in control, Torvald see’s Nora only as a child and not ever being serious. Her father and Torvald brainwashed her mind to act like a cute puppet to them. She pretends to be vulnerable to him to receive attention and money. Nora’s true self is hidden deep underneath herself waiting to appear. Because of unfortunate events in the play, Nora will stop at nothing to receive what is rightfully hers as her sense shifts from Torvald’s joking wife, into a self-empowering, prepared woman.
Nora opens the play acting like a child, loving her financial status, and is very obedient to Torvald. In Act I, Nora only cares about Torvald’s pocketbook to receive lots of money from him. In this act, Torvald is buying gifts for the kids and Nora is completely dependent on his bank account. Christmas is the time setting of the play and holidays are a time of giving, not receiving money. This is how Nora visions it. Torvald labels his wife as “my little lark mustn’t droop her wings like that. What? Is my squirrel in the sulks?” (882). Torvald treats his wife like a money-loving child who doesn’t seem equal to him. He is like a grandfather throwing money away for his favorite money-loving grandchild. Nora acts like Torvald’s possession than an equal partner. Nora’s beginning part shows an awkward relationship between the two and certainly tells us that they are a questionably happy couple.
Nora takes great measures to save Torvald’s life causing her to secretly take immoral actions that changes her future sense. Nora had no choice but to seek a loan behind her husband’s back in o...

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...ho knows her interests. Nora’s character is great for showing women’s tough character and serves the purpose of showing women becoming more socially accepted. All of these are shown with Nora’s possession of a secret, lying life. Before her transformation, she appears as an attractive, amusing doll to Torvald and her father, but it is only when they find out of her secret letter and forgery is when they start to understand her for more than the gorgeous child that she is. After the transformation, Nora shows that she can fight for her rights, work hard, endure huge amounts of stress, and she is skilled to do things when she is strong-minded. It is this undisclosed life that eventually leads to her being unchained from that doll house, as she calls it, and eventually allows her to leave without being terrified to study and learn about herself and the social order.
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