A Doll's House Essays

  • Ibsen's A Doll's House

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    Because Nora’s friend Mrs. Linde had an absent father, Rosefeldt suggests that she ends up marrying a man she doesn’t love because she is searching for a father figure. Anne Marie, Nora’s nursemaid, is forced to take her position with Nora’s family because she has given birth to an illegitimate child and thus an absent father is the cause of her problems. Not only are fathers depicted as absent, but also corrupted. Krogstad, claims Rosefeldt, is a father that has committed the crime of forgery and Torvald claims that his children will be polluted by his deeds. Dr. Rank also speaks of a polluted father and claims that he is sick because of his father’s deeds.

  • What Effect Do Literary Devices That Portray Society Have On The Characters Meursault And Nora?

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    In A Doll’s House, money and debt are used to describe the viewpoint of society on Nora when she commits fraud to gain a loan. In both narratives, society affects the way in which both characters deal with their struggles. By using literary devices, the main characters of both narratives felt pressured into doing something to satisfy or defy society. Nora feels that she is pressured from society into saving her husband, Torvald, because “[Torvald] simply [has] to go to the south,” (156,Ibsen) Yet, in The Outsider, Meursault could only feel “the cymbals the sun was clashing against his forehead.” (60, Camus) As the intensity of the sun increase, Meursault felt that “the dazzling spear still leaping up off the knife in front of me.”(60) It was the reflection of the sun which let “the trigger [give].”(60) In the situation, the sunlight pressured Meursault into shooting the Arab. The sun acted like a spotlight of society on Meursault.

  • How Far Would You Agree Nora Is a True Symbol of the Victorian Era

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    How far would you agree that Nora was a true symbol of the victorian era? Throughout the duration of the play Henrik Ibsen takes the audience though a series of events that takes place in ‘The Dolls House’. We see how the patriarchal Victorian societies expectations, and the artificial environment that Nora has been bombared with due to the past, moulds her marriage with Torvald. Which ultimately leads to Nora to go against the conventions of a wealthy class woman in the Victorian society- in order to discover herself. But at the same time it could be argued that she abandoned her family in a paroxysm of selfishness at the end of the play.

  • A Doll's House Lit Card

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    Nils Krogstad: A lawyer and moneylender who is a former acquaintance of Torvald's and works at his bank; his position is tenuous there, because he ruined his reputation and career by committing forgery. Dr. Rank calls Krogstad "morally diseased." Anne: The children's nurse. Summary: The play is about Nora Helmer who secretly borrowed a lot of money so that her husband could recover from a serious illness. She never told him of this loan and has been secretly paying it back in small installments by saving from her household allowance.

  • Torval's Subconscious

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    In the play “The Doll House” (2011) by Henrik Ibsen, the characters are engulfed in a world of deceit. The main character, Nora, is hiding a terrible secret from her husband, this will eventually is the catalyst that ends her marriage. Ibsen depicts Torvald as a hard working and respectable gentleman by societies standards, but also reveals his tendency to be a coward when challenged with adversity. Torvald is the character I’ve chosen to analyze in order to gain a better understanding of his motivations and inner desires. Torvald and Nora Helmer’s relationship as a married couple can be described as a power struggle.

  • Dolls House Essay

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    We learn that she has borrowed money from Mr. Krogstad without the knowledge of her husband Torvald. Mr. Krogstad threatens to reveal her secret to Nora’s husband when he fears he’s about the loose his job. Nora confides her situation to Mrs. Linde who convinces Krogstad to reconsider blackmailing Nora. Mrs. Linde however is convinced that the secret should be known to Torvald and tells Krogstad to inform him about the loan in a letter. When Torvald discovers Nora’s secret he is enraged and accuses her of ruining his life.

  • Nora's Future (A Doll's House Essay)

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    Nora’s Future In the dramatic work “A Doll’s House”, by Henry Ibsen, lead character Nora leaves her husband Torvald after eight years of marriage because he has found out about an indiscretion on her part that has the ability to tarnish his reputation in their tight knit community. Being a woman in the 1800’s meant that they had a strict set of unwritten social rules to follow. Nora was expected to be the image of perfection as it pertained to the duties of a woman - the immaculate homemaker, the ever loving mother and the subordinate and supportive wife to name a few. However, it was the role of the subordinate that was key to survival for women of that era, which is what Torvald believed that Nora disobeyed. With all of the social stigma that may have surrounded a divorced woman at that time, even though this was not discussed in the play, Nora’s life after leaving could have gone in several directions – including a hard to arrange and maintain remarriage or homelessness.

  • Literary Commentary of 'A Doll's House'

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    In Act 1 in the play of A Doll’s House by Ibsen there’s a passage (pg. 53-55) that’s intriguing to look at because it’s the turning point of the play. In the passage Nora reveals a big secret to Mrs. Linde that she has hidden from her husband, Torvald. Her secret is that she loaned some money to pay for a vacation with Torvald. She doesn’t want Torvald to know because then his ego would go down.

  • Analysis of a Dolls House

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    Analysis of A Doll’s House “Tragedy with a Hopeful Ending” A Dolls house written by Henrick Ibsen is a play about a husband and wife and their dysfunctional marriage. The two main characters Nora and Torvald’s relationship revolves a lot around money, which causes lots of problems. During the play Nora makes a couple realizations. First being that she is nothing but a trophy wife and second being that she has no idea what is like to live her own life. These realizations make her pack her things up and leave her family to start her new life.

  • A Doll's House

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    Their relationship parallels that of a daughter and father and, indeed, is exactly like the relationship Nora had with her father. Early in this act, the audience is aware that the relationship between the Helmers is based on dishonesty when Nora denies that she has eaten macaroons, knowing that her husband has forbidden her to do so.Nora is visited by an old friend, Kristine Linde. Mrs. Linde tells Nora that she has had some difficult problems and is seeking employment. Nora confesses to Mrs. Linde that she, too, has been desperate and recounts that she had been forced to borrow money several years earlier when her husband was ill. The money was necessary to finance a trip that saved her husband's life, but Nora forged her father's signature to secure the loan and lied to Torvald that her father had given them the money.

  • Doll House Persuasive Essay

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    Since her husband Torvald becomes ill early in their marriage, she fraudulently negotiates a loan with a man named Krogstad, in order to save his life. This loan ultimately takes her out of roles and brings her into conflict with reality, since women cannot commit such a crime. After failing numerous attempts to keep the loan a secret, Nora discovers her real situation as her problems become worse. After Torvald discovers that Nora forged her father's signature on the loan bond, he nullifies their marriage. He doesn't care that Nora did this because she loves him very much, but he declares that he can not lose his honor and reputation over her love.

  • A Doll House By Henrik Ibsen

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    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.

  • Dolls House Essay

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    With this minor act of deception, the audience learns that Nora was quite capable of lying. As the play unfolds two more things become apparent. First, whenever Nora was around Torvald she turns from a mother to a child, always coaxing favors from him instead of communicating as his equal. Second, the fact that Nora has been leading a double life, and rather than frivolously spending their money she has been saving it to pay off a secret debt. Years ago, when her husband became ill, Nora forged her

  • Doll House Essay

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    Nora has been secretly working to pay back the loan and has successfully kept it from her husband. When Christine asks Nora if she will ever reveal her secret to her husband, she replies, “One day I might, many years from now, when I’ve lost my looks a little.”(Ibsen 1879) This action shows that Nora is not just a typical housewife that has no knowledge of labor. It shows that she is capable of working on her own and taking care of herself, but she has not yet realized it. The conflict starts when Torvald decides to fire Krogstad because he is not a dependable person and comes off as a back stabber. When Krogstad learns that he might be terminated, he uses the contract between himself and Nora as blackmail in attempt to keep his job.

  • A Doll's House

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    Torvald’s wife in the play (Nora) ends up with no idea what is dishonest and what is the suitable action. The letter that produces the glitches in A Doll's House can be inferred as a symbol for a letter of authority and so represents those problems triggered by an understanding of the law. The play reminds me of a trial, with Torvald interrogating Nora about money and the cookies. Torvald even examines the Tarantella dress to say it can be fixed and with the staging of the dance, instructing the dance routine of his wife. This displays a domestic similarity of the male law which was referred earlier.

  • A Dolls House

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    Several make drastic mistakes that either mess up one’s life or mess up someone else’s. In the play “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ilbsen portraits a story filled of lies, scarifies, and love. A story with a big secret that saves a family but in the end destroys the family. In “A Doll’s House” a good action from the wife is seen as dishonest since the husband cannot see the big picture and ultimate loses the opportunity to perform the miracle to save his marriage. In past years, mostly seen in the Hispanic culture of husbands over powering there wife’s at home.

  • A Dolls House

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    Henrik Ibsen reviews the stereotypical roles between genders in a marriage. He is the bread winner and Nora plays the role of house wife. Throughout the play, Nora fights for her own identity starting with what she believes to be her biggest accomplishment in her life, saving her husbands life when he was deathly sick. She did this by getting a loan from a loan-shark lawyer named Krogstad who works for the same bank under her husband. This is the twist in the story because he has done a lot of wrongs in life and is willing to sacrifice Nora’s public perception for his own personal public perception.

  • A Doll House Essay

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    Don’t Torvald!” (1129). She goes on, “I won’t be able to dance tomorrow if I don’t get to practice with you” (1129). She persuades her husband to practice with her so he will not check the letter box. Nora deliberately manipulates her husband for money and her own well-being. Nora also exposes a very devious side of herself.

  • Doll's House Analysis

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    It seems like A Doll’s House’s “characters and lines have a purpose” that the audience “seeks better understanding of the play” (Urban). In Henrik Ibsen’s play, A Doll’s House, the female protagonist, Nora, has to face a huge dilemma in her life that she has to hide from everyone for the sake of the family’s pride and reputation. The reason the dilemma came to be was because Torvald, Nora’s husband fell ill. To save him, she went to the bank and forged her father’s signature to get a loan from a man named, Krogstad, to take Torvald to Italy to get healthy. She promised to pay back the loan as soon as she could. After Torvald came home, the bank made him chief.

  • Nora in a Doll House

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    Nora in a doll house A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen was first written in 1879. It is a play that is considered to be a modern tragedy depicting the married life of a middle-class couple. This play showcases the fate of Nora on a quest to finding her true identity outside of her marriage. She decides to break all social rules by abandoning her husband and children in pursuit of freedom from being the “doll-wife.” The question is: “what is the nature and source of tragedy in this play?” The tragedy in A Doll's House is that Nora is a capable woman, nevertheless, she is misshapen into a doll in her marriage due to gender roles in society. Nora has been treated like a doll all her life, first by her father and then by her husband.