Essay on A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

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A Doll’s House, a screen play written by Henrik Ibsen during the 19th century showcases Nora a wife who is living, as any other woman, in an oppressed era for woman. A time when men ruled and woman were docile obeying their husbands and fathers implicitly. Nora’s life is stage into itself. According to Ibsen’s play, there are little secrets that are told not only to ourselves but to those around us. Therefore, the ability to understand changes as secrets unfold and the manipulation of lies told take on new meaning. In a world where so much is based on a man’s worth and word, every day is a test. Ibsen’s spotlight on everyday matters gives way to a test of forte; marriage, love, life and how the couple between them performs this daily dance. Torvald’s happiness is dependent on order; “There can be no freedom or beauty about a home ... that depends on borrowing and debt,” (Act I ?) his spoken words, borrowing and debt, are easily replaced with ‘not bending to my will’ without change to the meaning. Torvald carries his own set of secrets; ideal home, wife, mother, and a clean, above board unapproachable man. Nora fits his minds play as a doll, to place her where he wishes and manipulate her with playful words; “my squirrel”, “my little lark”, and “my little spendthrift” which are meant to keep her in place as the obedient wife. Unknowingly, Nora is playing along with the pet names since she has her own agenda; her own little secrets.
Ibsen displays Nora as a space cadet…

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