A Doll 's House By William Ibsen Essay

825 Words Apr 7th, 2016 4 Pages
Matthew Henry, a nonconformist minister, stated that “Eve was not taken out of Adam 's head to top him, neither out of his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him.” Henry believed that men and women were made equal, so they should be treated accordingly. In Henry Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”, men and women are treated differently. During his production, Ibsen centers his theme on the love of money while exploring society’s influence, intelligence and transition of women during his time period. Ibsen focuses on Nora, her husband Torvald, Kristine and her lover Krogstead. In the beginning of the play, Nora is seems happily married to her husband Torvald. Nora fulfills the stereotype society deems normal. She is a homemaker, a mother, a wife, and desperately dependant on her husband. So dependent, at first glimpse, that she even allows Torvald to belittle her with unusual pet names like “the little spendthrift”(Ibsen 1728), that imply she lacks maturity and responsibility. Clearly, Torvald believes his wife is not only immature, but also greatly his inferior. “Now, now, the little lark’s wings mustn’t droop…don’t be a sulky squirrel” (Ibsen 1729) Torvald says as he is taking out his wallet to give her more money. There seems to be no sort of equality in this relationship, especially financially. Torvald seems to handle all the finances and only gives Nora an allowance, of…

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