March 12, 2012
A Doll House
Playwrights use marriage in their works to demonstrate the emotional struggle it takes for two people to stay in love. There are three main qualities of marriage: communication, love in action, and perseverance. Henrik Ibsen clearly portrays these qualities in his play, A Doll House. In this play, the two main characters going through a marital struggle are Nora and Torvalds. The actions they take throughout this play determine the fate of their marriage which ends up not working out and they separate.
A relationship is started because of the strong love for one another. When two people meet, a new friendship begins and this in some cases may lead to a romance. Although it seems that Nora and Torvalds’ relationship was based around love, but the balance needed is not obtained. Torvald didn't really love Nora; to him she was just another child to mind. He said, ' And I wouldn't want you to be any different from what you are-just my sweet little song bird. But now I come to think of it, you look rather-rather-how shall I put it? Rather as if you've been up to mischief today'(Ibsen 1283). He also called his wife names such as skylark, squirrel, and spendthrift. The main area where Torvald showed his lack of love for Nora was in the way he managed his house. Torvald was the owner of what he believed to be a perfect doll house. This doll house was first controlled by Nora’s father, and once Nora entered marriage, the titles and deeds to this doll house were handed over to Torvald. Torvald manipulated Nora, and then the children through her according to his wants, so that he could never lose control over his house. This lack of love and imperious attitude would eventually ruin their marriage. Nora was the only one of the two partners who showed love for the other in this play. Nora went behind her husband's back, borrowed a large sum of money,...