Theme Of Tragedy In A Doll's House

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“Illuminating incidents are the magic casements of fiction, its vistas on infinity” quoted by Edith Wharton in her publication, The Writing of Fiction (1925). These incidents are found in almost all fiction. For example, Darth Vader revealed he is actually Luke’s father. Dr. Malcolm Crowe had been dead the entire movie. Harry Potter himself had been a horcrux the whole time. The revelation in fiction is the crucial element of the story, thus leading into the whole significance of the account. A Doll’s House, written by Henrik Ibsen, is a classic tragedy within ordinary characters and settings. Torvald Helmer and his wife, Nora, play the part of a typical, seemingly content couple in the 1800s. Although, throughout the tale, Nora discovers what she really needs to make her happy. The “casement” or window that leads to the entire meaning of…show more content…
Rather than worrying about Nora’s well being, Torvald is more concentrated on his own reputation. While declaring Nora a criminal, he quotes, “…it must appear as if everything between us were just as before – but naturally only in the eyes of the world” (Ibsen 73). Torvald is clearly already devising a plan to cover up Nora’s mistake so that they may still look normal and content to the public. Furthermore, right after Krogstad’s second letter revealed he had not decided to blackmail Nora arrived, Torvald responded with, “1 am saved! Nora, I am saved!” (Ibsen 74). He rejoiced for himself rather than his wife. A Doll’s House, as a whole, explores themes of individuality and willpower through different characters. Nora discovers the need to enlighten herself without her father or husband’s imminent influence. On the other hand, Mrs. Linde, Nora’s old friend and Krogstad’s former lover, decides that her path to happiness would be with Krogstad, rather than alone like Nora. Regardless, the play represents multiple paths to find one’s own

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