A Doll House
“Yes – maybe sometime, years from now, when I’m no longer so attractive. Don’t laugh! I only mean when Torvald loves me less than now, when he stops enjoying my dancing and dressing up and reciting for him. Then it might be wise to have something in reserve […] Well, Kristine, what do you think of my big secret? I’m capable of something too, hm? You can imagine, of course, how this thing hangs over me.”
“A Doll House” by Henrik Ibsen, is a modern drama where the story takes place in an everyday-like setting. The story takes place in the Helmers’ house, where various characters come in and out. The main character, Nora, who is, and has been, treated like a cute little doll from her father and her husband, reveals her secret to her old friend Mrs. Kristine Linde, that she actually saved her husband Torvald’s life by getting a loan from Krogstad, a low-level employee who now works for Torvald. After getting fired from Torvald, Krogstad tells Torvald about the loan and how Nora forged her father’s signature to get it. At the end, Krogstad is conformed with his past lover Mrs. Linde, and returns Nora’s forged documents which completely dismisses Torvald’s anger, however, Nora leaves her husband and her family to “free herself” and find her true self because she had been treated like nothing more than a doll, the whole eight years in her marriage. Nora, who seems like a little naïve daddy’s girl, is often viewed by other characters as a person with no capability of doing important things. In the paragraph quoted above, it is shown that Nora wants to prove that she is capable of something, while she is too, unconsciously aware of that her existence to her husband is meaningless without her beauty.
The relationship of this married couple, Nora and Torvald, is well shown even at the beginning of the story. Torvald always calls her “my little lark” or “my squirrel”, which are nicknames for a couple that started dating recently, or newlyweds. However,...