For the first time in Nora’s life she has found someone to communicate with and there is significance in their conversation for both of them. This type of relationship sheds light on the fact that Nora and Torvald have an extreme lack of communication, one which Nora would love to achieve but has no idea how to remove the mask she has worn for so long. With Dr. Rank being a rich, sickly widower Nora could have taken advantage of his love, and asked him for money, but she refrains which presents a certain amount of moral quality to her sketchy character. Therefore, Dr. Rank “plays a pivotal role in her choice to leave her family and in the long-term success of her liberation” (DeVaull 275). By the end of the play it is implied that upon
A relationship based on lies and play-acting; A marriage condemned by the weight of public opinion. Nora and Torvald lack one of the key elements needed to make a marriage work. Good communication allows you to better understand your partners needs and to unite as a team to solve problems or comply. When Torvald got sick and the only thing to save his life was to move to the south; Nora found a way to procure the money and forged her father’s signature to obtain the loan. The most heroic action of her life is an unforgivable crime in the eyes of society.
As a woman, she does not have the authority to disagree with her husband or try to influence his actions. Torvald says, “If it ever got around that the new manager had been talked over by his wife…” (Ibsen 42) showing that it would be a laughing matter if a woman had an idea, but Nora still makes many attempts to persuade her husband. As a friend, Nora is expected to know her role which is a listener and supporter for Mrs. Linde and just an acquaintance to Dr. Rank, but the relationship with Dr. Rank goes beyond what is acceptable. When Dr. Rank confesses his feelings for Nora she is very upset because they can no longer flirt with each other now that the feelings are real. Her role is to be a loyal wife to her husband, which she is, but Ibsen uses the flirtatious dialect between the two to show that there are mutual feelings and that confessing them brings the relationship beyond what is allowed.
As a woman whose beliefs and actions are questioned on a routine basis, Nora just wants to help her husband by borrowing money for his medical bills. However, this is seen as peculiar for this time period, as the man of the household would be responsible for all situations having to do with money. It is because Nora decides to take matters into her own hands that her very role in society begins to change. “[Nora]: Do you suppose I didn’t try, first of all, to get what I wanted as if it were for myself? I told him how much I should love to travel abroad like other young wives; I tried tears and entreaties with him… I even hinted that he might raise a loan.
They’re not lovers or spouses, but master and servant. Secondly, the Helmers’ marriage is already weak at its foundation. Their interaction are superficial; in 8 years they’ve “never exchanged a serious word on any serious thing” (Ibsen 936). They converse about party and dresses, but anything intellectual, their conversation only consists of Torvald lecturing. Nora dare not to say “to hell and be damned!” in front of Torvald and she has use manipulation to give Mrs. Linde a job position, which shows that she can’t be straightforward with her husband.
She was unhappy with her place in life and could not accept the simplicity of her station, believing it to be truly beneath her. “All those things… tortured her and made her angry. “ Her husband’s blatant acceptance of their place only fueled her frustrations further. The conflict began when Mathilde attended a party wearing a necklace she borrowed from a rich friend, which was discovered lost by the end of the night. Mathilde finally got a glimpse into the life she believed she belonged to, but both she and her husband paid for it heavily for many years to come.
When Torvald refuses to take the blame for Nora’s crimes, she realizes “her husband is not the ideal hero she imagined, determines to cap his egotism with her selfishness” (Scott) and removes her facade of a happy and helpless wife. Nora confronts Torvald about her true feelings and the lack of communication in their marriage. Nora explains to him, “We have been married now eight years. Does it not occur to you that this is the first time we two, you and I, husband and wife, have had a serious conversation?” (III.140).The accusations Torvald hears from Nora shocks him as this is the first time she has voiced her displeasure in their marriage. Nora never confides to her husband her innermost thoughts and feelings, choosing to share them with Dr. Rank who, “more than anyone else” (III.85), has her full confidence.
This is seen when M. Loisel deceives her husband by wondering, “what sum she could ask without drawing on herself an immediate refusal”(Maupassant), so that she can get the dress she desires. Because of her actions, she “has had some hard times” working for ten years to pay off the necklace. Paying off the necklace she lost “wasn't easy for [her]” since “she had no money”. Ironically, her craving for more dresses, jewelry and assets despite her lack of money ends with M. Loisel having practically nothing. M. Loisel was pretty, but the evil, that is greed, was unmasked from inside her, that she lost her looks too.
One theme of the book is weakness of character; this is shown by Ethan’s marraige, his inability to stand up to his wife, and his involvement concerning the "accident." The first way weakness of charcter is shown in the book is through the marriage of Ethan and his wife. He married her because she had tried to help his mother recover from an illness, and once his mother died he could not bear the thought of living in the house alone. His wife was seven years his senior and always seemed to have some kind of illness. It seemed all she ever did was complain, and he resented this because it stifled his growing soul.
As discussed, Nora has taken out a loan without the help of a man, and she is very proud of herself for doing so. The ironic part is that no one should ever know; this selfless deed that she has done, in honor of her husband, can never be known for it will hurt his pride. The next ironic piece of the play is when Nora helps her friend, Christine, get a job at Torvald’s bank. She had no way of knowing her assistance was going to put Krogstad out of a job. Nils Krogstad is the bank clerk who helped Nora retain her loan; he had helped keep the secret from Torvald, but now he is ready to use it against her by means of getting his job back, “Mrs.