Essay on A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

780 Words Dec 5th, 2014 4 Pages
When people read Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” a great number of people sense that Nora abandoned her children when she left Helmer. A mother is seen as a prominent character in how the child grows up and the love of a mother is the greatest gift of all. However, looking deeper within the story, Ibsen exposes the role of the father in a household. Hemler, who is supposed to keep the family together, brings corruption into the home by controlling and driving Nora away, leaving the children abandoned. By using examples of each of the character’s fathers in his article, “Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House,’” Paul Rosefeldt allows the reader to take a glimpse into what a father can bring into the home: corruption and dysfunction.
A mother role in the household is very significant. While Nora did not interact very much with her own children, she mentions them quite often in the story. For example, she tells Helen excitedly, “Hide the Christmas Tree carefully, Helen. Be sure the children do not see it until this evening, when it is dressed” (882). She also mentions how the children would enjoy themselves during the lighting of the Christmas tree. The reader can see she loves her kids by bragging to Mrs. Linde “I have three lovely children” (887). She goes on to tell Mrs. Linde that they are strong and healthy and how they are her “sweet little darlings” (892). She engages with the children often asking them “ Have you had great fun? That 's splendid! What, you pulled both Emmy and Bob…

Related Documents