At the beginning of the play, Nora is still a child in many ways, listening at doors and guiltily eating forbidden sweets (macaroons) behind her husband's back. She has gone straight from her father's house to her husband's, bringing along her nursemaid to emphasize the fact that she's never been on her own. She's also never gained a sense of self. She's always accepted her father's and her husband's opinions. And she's aware that Torvald would have no use for a wife who was his equal.
By the end of the play, we see her blossom into an individual who wishes to make her own decisions and follow her own path. Brunnemer also says that, “Nora in having her worst fears materialize, is freed from them” (1). This statement summarizes the ultimate push for Nora’s transformation, by mentioning that she does not fully realize her lack of freedom until her husband discovers the forgery. After the situation passes, and her worst fears are brought to light, she realizes that she does not enjoy the life that she
In like manner, Nora concealed the macaroons she ate from Torvald because it would anger him, disrupting his control and ruining the appearance of his prized possession. Moreover, she expresses her discontent, saying she “existed merely to perform tricks” (3.618-19) for Torvald. This demonstrates the doll-like qualities and behaviours she recognized yet followed for no other reason than to please her husband. Leaving Torvald would finally cut the strings that tied her to the dollhouse and allow her to grow and develop outside the only world she knew as someone’s doll. Finally, the identity as a doll she knew her whole life needed to be broken and leaving Torvald would be the only means to do
She even has to hide things from him such as her macaroons, since he doesn’t allow her to eat sweets being that he wants her to keep her shape. Torvald even calls Nora pet names to show he is her master. “My sweet tooth really didn’t make a little detour through the confectioner’s” (Ibsen 853). Nora tries to blame others for her actions and not take responsibility for what she has done, such as the macaroons in the house.Nora instead of taking the blame, puts it all on Mrs. Linde for bringing the macaroons in the house. In this aspect, Nora is being treated like a child by Torvald, so she acts like one; This shows how immature Nora is and doesn’t know how to act.
Nora was a free spirit just waiting to spread her wings; her husband Torvald would constantly disallow the slightest pleasures that she aspired to have, such as macaroons. (TEACHER COMMENT: THIS STATEMENT WOULD HAVE A BETTER EFFECT IF IT WERE DIRECTLY QUOTED FROM THE PLAY.) Nora lived a life of lies in order to hold her marriage together. She kept herself pleased with little things such as telling Dr. Rank and Mrs. Linde, "I have such a huge desire to say-to hell and be damned" (Ibsen 59)! She did this just so she could release some tension that was probably building inside her due to all the restrictions that Torvald had set up, such as forbidding macaroons.
The title "A Doll House" would not fit the play because this states that everyone in the house is a doll. However, Nora is the only character truly pretending to be what they are not. This title would work if everyone was trying to give off an image that wasn't true, such as Nora did. If Nora is a doll then all the other characters would be the humans playing with her, causing her to do extra ordinary tasks such as forgery and lying. 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.
Unless she leaves her dollhouse to establish herself as an entity, the miracle would have been wasted. Furthermore, she must shed her doll's dresses and educate herself before she could carry out any duties towards her precious children. A mother's presence and love is so priceless and unique in that not only does it provide us comfort, but it also guides us along the rough road of life. Because Nora's father and her husband had wronged her so greatly, she is completely secluded from the society and thus possesses no experiences at all. This is well exposed by Christine's remark of "...since [Nora knows] so little about the worries and hardships of life] and Nora's own incomprehensibility of her crime.
Yet she later discovers Torvald would not do the same for her nor ever recognise her as his equil with her own opinions, ideas, or worth. He had always treated her like a pet or child controlling her down to every aspect of her life from the clothing she wore to how she spent her daily activities. Torvald even believed Nora to be daft and naive in the ways of how the world worked from financial issues to social conduct. Nora then abandons her doll 's house, the oppression she live under, and the inequality held over her by her husband to be able to stand on her own feet. “I have been your doll wife, just as at home I was Daddy’s doll child.
With the understanding that her marriage was a lie and she had been an active part in that lie, She leaves her family behind so that she could learn about herself and the world around her. This brave and courageous action showcases Nora's growth as a character. Its not until she is out of the "Doll house" that she fully becomes aware of who she is meant to be. It took her husband abandoning her in a time of need for her to realize that everything wasn't as it seemed. Becoming disillusioned ended up being an overall positive path to self discovery for Nora Helmer.
From early childhood Nora has always held the opinions of either her father or Torvald, hoping to please them. This mentality makes her act infantile, showing that she has no ambitions of her own. Because she had been pampered all of her life, first by her father and now by Torvald, Nora would only have to make a cute animal sound to get what she wanted from Torvald, “If your little squirrel were to ask you for something very, very, prettily” (Ibsen 34) she said. Through their everyday conversation, Nora and Torvald reveal that they have a relationship full of meaningless talk and games. “Is that my little squirrel bustling about?” (2), Torvald questions Nora.