A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen Essay

1490 Words Sep 2nd, 2015 6 Pages
Jorge Luis Borges, a 20th century author, declared, "I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library." Reading is a beautiful paradise that can take a person to a whole new world in a whole new time period. It promotes imagination and stimulates the mind. Over the summer, the sophomores of Oakland Catholic’s Honors World Literature Class received the pleasure of reading three stories: A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Oedipus the King by Sophocles. Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House was by far the most entertaining and interesting of the summer reading books, while the storyline of Sophocles’s tragic play Oedipus the King did not contain enough relatable content to be as engaging. In his novel A Doll’s House, Ibsen retains a reader’s attention by giving Nora a great character development that leaves nothing to be desired and by crafting supporting characters that perfectly enhance the main characters, whereas Oedipus the King keeps a reader cringing and uninterested in its incestuous plot.

Nora Helmer’s development of self-respect throughout Ibsen’s A Doll’s House keeps a reader sympathizing with her and rooting for her. From the beginning, Nora assumes her role as being dependent on her husband, Torvald. She does not stand up for herself nor does she recognize her own need for independence. When she has been shopping for Christmas gifts, Torvald scolds her for spending too much money. He also calls her “little” several times…

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