Therefore, other than the alternative ending that Ibsen produced, how might the character of Nora deal with the situation at hand differently, based on what can be determined about her from the text? For starters, how about confronting the title of the story? Just who is the Doll? Many may claim that the doll is automatically Nora, for the reasons that she has been molded by her father and then toyed around with by her husband. To those individuals, Nora may seem like she is the victim, the poor little girl who can not comprehend who she is, the sweet “sky-lark” who had to leave her family for the findings of her true inner being…Or on a different note, Nora is the master and the controller of all that is functioning in the Helmer household. Although her husband, Torvald, may refer to her as a sky-lark, squirrel, or singing bird, it can be viewed in the text that Nora does not object to these remarks but r...
... middle of paper ...
...a man who loves her and abandoning her children. Point in taking: Nora served no sense of accomplishment and only declared her egotism in a single selfish act.
In the end, Nora’s greatest strength became her greatest weakness and it lead to her vindicated defeat. If only Nora used her powerful gift of control to step up to society instead of blocking it out, would she been able to save herself, her family, and her characters reputation as a feminine heroine, instead of a controversial role. But perhaps the controversy over Nora’s character is what we cherish so deeply because it is beyond our understanding. The idea that she is someone who is eternally captivating but can never fully be defined completely.
Kennedy, X.J. and Gioia, Dana. Backpack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. New York: Pearson Longman, 2006. 778-843.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- The Heroic Nora Helmer in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House What does it mean to be a hero? According to Webster, a hero is someone "of great strength [and] courage" who is "admired" for his or her "courage and nobility."1 Stretching this definition a bit further, I would argue that a hero is someone who uses this strength, courage, and nobility to help or save others. Nora Helmer, in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, leaves her husband and family at the end of the play-a move that can be viewed as either very selfish or very heroic. Because Nora uses her strength and courage in effort to save others and herself from the false "doll's house" life they are living in, her final act... [tags: A Doll's House Essays]
2491 words (7.1 pages)
- Helmer and Nora's Relationship in Ibsen's Doll's House Ibsens use of language helps us see the characters nature and to find out their personality and structure of the characters relationships. Each character has their own unique use of language. This helps us to see the difference between the characters and their relationships. As we read through the play A Dolls House this becomes clear when we learn about Nora and Torvalds relationship and how it changes throughout the play.... [tags: Papers]
617 words (1.8 pages)
- In "A Doll House" Ibsen made a very controversial act, by having Nora leave her husband and her family. After first reading the play I thought that what Nora did was the right thing to do. But after thinking about I now realize that wasn't the right thing to do. Yes, Torvald was not the best husband in the world, but Nora should have considered that before she married him. To turn your back on your spouse is one thing, but to turn your back on your children is another. Nora was around in an era were women were looked down upon, not considered equal to men, so it would be hard for her to find a job.... [tags: A Doll’s House Essays]
706 words (2 pages)
- Reasons Nora Helmer Must Leave Her Husband in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House Foreward: Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House (aka A Doll's House) is so rich in moral, political, and metaphysical (if one is to regard such matters as "selfhood" and "identity" as metaphysical) insights and criticisms that it is hard to imagine how one could absorb it all in one sitting. Its moral message was very bold in its day and remains so in the more slowly progressing parts of the world, like North America. Institutions move faster than attitudes (at least in times of progressive, interventionist governance) and there are many lag-minded relics who still don't understand why equal-rights legislation has had to be p... [tags: A Doll's House Essays]
1719 words (4.9 pages)
- ... Torvald believes Nora lacks an understanding of money and debts, yet Nora shows initiative, independence and an ability to govern her own money when she procures it from Krogstad. Although Nora is secretive about the crime she committed, which is forging her father’s name in order to borrow money; she does it to save her husband. During Act I when Nora is speaking to Mrs. Linde about someday revealing to Torvald about the secret loan Nora exclaims: “One day I might, yes. Many years from now, when I’ve lost my looks a little.... [tags: Henrik Ibsen, Nora Helmer, literary analysis]
932 words (2.7 pages)
- ... (Page 15) As Mrs. Linde refers to Nora as unwise of doing so she rejects the idea of being imprudent, justifying her position as due to cause and nothing more. (Page 16) All through the conversation she joyously talks about her fortunes, adventures and success of having saved the life of Torvald, she stops for a short while and sure enough finds a way to continue about the recruitment of her money. (Page 10-19) After her catch up with Ms.Linde, Krogstad first appears in fear of losing his position at the bank after Helmer becomes angry by Krogstad for referring to Helmer as an equal and convinces Nora to fight for the sake of his job.... [tags: Nora Helmer, character analysis]
1210 words (3.5 pages)
- The Breaking of a Family In Henrik Ibsen’s play, A Doll House Ibsen describes the perfect family and the conflicts within. Ibsen examines the normal lives of the Helmer family through the eyes of the wife, Nora Helmer. She goes through a series of trials as she progresses through the play and with each trial she realizes something is missing in her life. Ibsen examines the struggles within the house. Ibsen opens the play with the perfect home where Nora is planning Christmas and how she is planning every detail with no concern for her own needs.... [tags: selfless attitude, nora helmer]
738 words (2.1 pages)
- ... It is shown that Nora and Torvald’s marriage is a façade and that they both are doll’s, created to function as the ideal couple. To Nora their “home has been nothing but a playroom" (Ibsen, Act 3), evidently indicating that the reality of their relationship is only for parade. Nora performs for Torvald at his request, as though she is merely his “doll-wife” (Act 3) that he can just show off to society to increase his status. Once the truth is revealed about her committing forgery, Nora realizes that she cannot continue the marriage that she is in, and “deserts her husband's house” (Act 3) leaving him shocked.... [tags: victorian era, nora helmer, women]
956 words (2.7 pages)
- ... . Nils, how would it be if we two shipwrecked people could join forces. … Two on the same piece of wreckage would stand a better chance than each on their own” which shows that Krogstad needed her as much as she needed him. Mrs. Linde belives that a husband and wife should be equals in a relationship and with this belief she tries convince Nora of opening up to Torvald. During Nora’s first conversation with Mrs. Linde she opens up and shares her secret with her old friend in an attempt to prove that she was not just a naïve child who hasn’t face any hardships.... [tags: mrs. linde, nora, helmer]
918 words (2.6 pages)
- Marriage is a forever commitment between two individuals to love one another but marriages don't always have the fairytale happy ending. In Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll House, Nora and Torvald Helmer learn some things about their marriage that they had not realized before. Nora Helmer discovers Torvald, herself, her marriage, as well as her own identity as a woman. Nora Helmer, the wife of Torvald Helmer, throughout the whole play has been keeping a secret from her husband. A few years back when Torvald became ill the doctor recommended that the whole family move south in order for Torvald to fully recover.... [tags: Ibsen Doll's House]
1061 words (3 pages)