A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen Essay

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A Doll 's House, by Henrik Ibsen, was written during a time when the role of a woman was to be a supporter and helper of her husband. The play generated great controversy due to the fact that it featured a female protagonist seeking individuality. A Doll 's House was one of the first plays to introduce a woman as having her own purposes and goals. The main characters in the play pretend to be someone who others would like them to be, instead of being their true selves. The person that stands out the most as a character where it seems she leads two different lives is, Nora Helmer. She progresses throughout the play eventually to realize that she must discontinue the role of a doll, hence the title of the play, and seek out for her individuality. In the first two acts, she is very much Torvald’s possession. When she is first introduced, it is clear that all she wants from Torvald is money. Even when he asks her what she wants for Christmas, her response is money. Therefore, she is seen as a materialistic person. She lives in a house to which she doesn’t have a key for the letter box, she must ask Torvald for any money she needs, she must practice dancing when he tells her to and she must dress up in the clothes that he likes. These demands place Nora somewhere between a slave and a child or as she refers to, a doll. It seems as if Nora has no escape route from her controlling marriage; society offers her no way out. For example, handling money to pay…

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