The Bedford Introduction to Literature. 5th edition. Boston & New York: Bedford/St. Martin's Press, 1999. Martin, Wendy, ed.
At the end of the play, Nora deserts her husband so that she may pursue a life with meaning and happiness. The abundant visual symbols that Ibsen uses in "A Doll's House" carry important meanings. The first among these is the macaroons. In Act I, the reader learns that Nora's husband has forbidden her from eating macaroons, fearing that they would make her teeth decay. However, she continues to buy them secretly from the confectionary against his explicit orders, demonstrating a sign of rebellion.
Contemporary American Poetry-5th Edition. Ed. A.Poulin Jr.. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1991. 188. Merrill, Thomas.
During that time period women were expected to stay at home and perform household duties, take care of their husbands, and take care of their children; women were not supposed to be educated and did not hold a career. Edna realizes she does not want to perform the expected duties of a woman because she is not happy just being a wife and mother. In the beginning of ... ... middle of paper ... ...n reality. Ibsen and Chopin both wrote stories that represent the oppression of women in the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century; The Awakening and "A Doll's House' are realistic writings that show society's treatment of women. Works Cited and Consulted: Chopin, Kate.
Torvald labels his wife as “my little lark mustn’t droop her wings like that. What? Is my squirrel in the sulks?” (882). Torvald treats his wife like a money-loving child who doesn’t seem equal to him. He is like a grandfather throwing money away for his favorite money-loving grandchild.
Rpt. in Michael Meyer, ed. The Bedford Introduction to Literature. 5th edition. Boston & New York: Bedford/St.
127-137. Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll House (1879). Trans. Rolf Fjelde.
She wanted to see the world veiled by her mother’s restrictions, and even face danger she was always kept way from. As a result, she suffered the consequences of seeing everyth... ... middle of paper ... ...n't eat any of the ice cream he brings home every Friday evening.” (162) This shows that even as an adult, Lena still needs guidance as to where to go with her life. Without her mother’s visit, she may have never thought about how unfair their system of spending was. It also shows how they have miscommunications between them. Harold does not bring up Lena not eating any of the ice cream because Lena had never shared her story as child to him.
The names signify how she has no power in their relationship. Nora exhibits childish qualities when she secretly eats from her "bag of macaroons" (Ibsen, 148) and wipes her mouth to ensure Torvald does not find out. When her condescending husband asks if she "nibbl[ed] a macaroon or two..." (Ibsen, 151), she denies it and like an innocent child replies, "I wouldn't do anything that you don't like." (Ibsen, 151).This reveals her need to please him and receive his approval, just as a small child looks for parental praise. Additionally, the way Torvald instructs Nora in her dance practice reminds one of how a parent would guide a child through an important event.