Theme Of Marriage In A Doll's House

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In the play, A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, the controversy within the Helmer family conveys a critical attitude towards marriage and duty. The drama traces the awakening, self-realization and transformation of the main character, Nora Helmer. In the play, Nora borrows money from Krogstad by falsifying her father’s signature. She then pays for a trip to Italy using the borrowed money with the aim of saving the life of her sick husband, Torvald Helmer. Nora believes that if her husband, Torvald finds out about how she sacrificed for him, he would risk his life to save her. When Torvald is put into test, he shows no intention of sacrificing himself, despite the fact that his wife committed a crime to save his life. Moreover, instead of treating Nora with understanding and appreciation for her kind intention, he blames Nora and threatens that she should no longer be able to see the children. Torvald’s extreme selfishness leaves Nora astonished. In some instances, Nora wonders whether there is true love in their marriage, how important she is to Torvald and what is her role in this house. At the end, Nora leaves and shuts the door, symbolizing her role in this Doll house.
The play, A Doll's House demonstrates Nora as a character who believes that partners should be willing to sacrifice for each other in a marriage. Her perception is similar to Mrs.Linden’s, however, contradicts with that of her husband, Torvald who is demonstrated as selfish, insensitive and have no respect for marriage.
Nora believes that there should be true love in a marriage. This reveals the reason as to why when Krogstad threatens Nora for her predicament, Nora expresses that “there is no hope for [them] now.”(45) In this passage, Nora shows her fear and wor...

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...mately, now she has the courage to study and learn about herself and society. The shift from thinking about the sacrifice for her husband to deciding to abandon this Doll house, reflects an expanded sense of independence and self confidence in Nora. At the end, Nora leaves the Doll house as a tenacious and courageous, independent woman who knows what she wants in life.
In conclusion, the play A Doll's House depicts that Nora believes that a couple that loves each other should have the willingness to sacrifice for each other. According to her, the only thing that should bind couples together is true love and they should not care so much of what the society thinks about them. In the play, A Doll’s House, selfishness is depicted as one of the factors that prevents love to blossom in marriage. Nora illustrates this fact clearly by deciding to leave her selfish husband.
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