A Doll's House Conflict Analysis

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Conflicts often occur when individuals have faced the decision making condition. Henrik Ibsen’s modern drama “A Doll’s House” explores the conflict between pursuing a personal desire and choosing to conform, as Nora faces a patriarchal oppression which is against her personal values in her daily life. This assertion is revealed through Nora endeavours to maintain her marriage by sacrificing her true personality, and then ultimately realizes that she is manipulating by her husband which results in leaving Torvald for finding her own identity. In order to pursue personal desire and values, an individual may undergo internal conflicts and sacrifice some personal desire, and eventually refuse to conform to social expectation.
Initially, Nora is
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Nora pleased her husband and society by sacrificing her “useless” independence. She accepts her dependent partnership in this relationship and Torvald’s pet names such as “skylark” and “squirrel” for her. Her decision of conformity, resulting in marital stability. Though there is no direct law states that women had no freedom or independence in the society, it is expected and assumed that women would be dependent on her husband. Under social pressure, Nora chooses conformity, although her personal desire for independence is against the social expectation. As Nora sacrifices her values, she accepts the traditional gender role that she is a property to her husband instead of an independent person. She becomes powerless in society since Torvald and his status are a source of her identity. Additionally, Nora sacrifices her economic independence for meeting her husband and social expectation. As a woman, Nora has no economic independence based on the social value, however, Nora takes out a loan individually for Torvald’s health. Her value for independence, which is against the social expectation, resulting in that she has helped to save her husband’s life and the deft needs to pay off. Though Nora believes that is absolutely necessary, Torvald would never accept the idea that a woman has saved his life. In Torvald’s opinion, the borrowing money symbolizes a flaw of the moral appearance. By choosing conformity under the social desire, Nora has to meet her husband’s and social criteria. Therefore, Nora sacrifices her value of independence and hides her own strength for maintaining their “happy” marriage. Moreover, Nora sacrifices her desire for freedom for pursuing conformity which further emphasizes the conflict between Nora’s personal desire and the social expectation. In the play, Nora is under Torvald’s control since Torvald believes Nora is

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