True Love

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Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House seems to convey the idea that real love can only exist between equals. There is much talk of love in A Doll's House however; Ibsen doesn’t show this real love till the end; we are presented throughout the play different forms of love: familial, maternal, paternal, and fraternal during act one and two of the play. A Doll’s House was a very controversial play during its time, it portraits the values of the rigid Victorian way of life that dominated Western Europe at the time. The characters had specific roles and social functions assigned to them. A woman was always seen as a property to men in every way, and she had a duty to her husband that was higher than the duty to herself. My would say true love is when you love that person for who they are faults and all; you put that person's happiness before your own even if it breaks your own heart. True love cannot be turned off and on. It is either present or it isn't. If it's true love, you cannot make it go away. If it's not true love, you cannot force yourself into it. However, for the main characters, the Helmers, true romantic love is illusive.

Robert Sternberg, a psychologist, provided theory of love suggests that there are types of love: intimacy, passion and commitment. The three components combine differently result in different types of love. For instance, any combination of this terms such as commitment and intimacy results in compassionate love, while a combination of intimacy and passion leads to passionate love. According to Sternberg, relationship that consist two is much greater than a single one. When there is a combination of the three terms it is durable. While this type of love can be the strongest and impeccable; he suggests that thi...

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... those who can share more than wealth but can count that the other would give up everything even their appearance to be with them. The opposite love that Krogstad and Mrs. Linde had was that Krogstad gave up his opportunity to regain his position in society to tie the knot with Mrs. Linde. A Doll’s House was a play to show that many women everywhere were force into a marriage that one person took full control of the other person. People are the carriers and doers of love and when they miss use it for a hurtful outcome torts the other person it builds an incarceration to the individual.

Works Cited

Kennedy, X. J., and Dana Gioia. Backpack Literature. Fourth. Boston: Pearson, 2012. 168. The Story of an Hour. Print.

Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll’s house. New York: Dover Publications, 1992. Print.

Sternberg, Robert J. Psychological Review, Vol 93(2), Apr 1986, 119-135.

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