A Doll's House Ibsen Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… This is accomplished through the sin of Nora’s father apparently passing on to her. According to Torvald, Nora’s father was not the best of men. Only six pages into the play, Torvald is already remarking to Nora how she, “very like your father,” always finds “some new way of wheedling money out of me” (A Doll’s House 6). Nora’s father had committed an indiscretion and Torvald, for Nora’s sake, overlooked it. Her father’s mistake, however, does affect the way Torvald views Nora as a person. He says, “It is in the blood; for indeed it is true that you can inherit these things, Nora” (A Doll’s House 6).
It is easily assumed that Ibsen intended on showing the absurdity of this theory through Torvald’s ignorance. A certain irony is achieved through the way Nora sees Torvald as similar to her father and the way Torvald, in turn, sees her father as a bad person. Thus, it is as if Torvald is pointing out his own flaws, blaming himself for the source of Nora’s “sin,” and inadvertently holding himself responsible for her actions when he is criticizing Nora’s father. Torvald’s true feelings about him are further revealed upon the discovery of Nora’s secret. Torvald
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This quote shows how his contempt toward women mirrors the attitude of a child. It is like a little boy who won’t go near “girl cooties.” With the title, A Doll’s House, this childlike element adds to the entire concept of the play.
Secondly, in Ghosts, Ibsen shows the sins of parents being passed on to their children through “ghosts,” or what is conceived to be the repetition of the past. Past sins repeat themselves as Oswald inadvertently mirrors some of his late father’s characteristics, which includes: smoking, drinking, suffering from syphilis, and presumably having sex with the servant girl. Oswald’s father, Mr. Alving, was perceived as a hero and a great man; this couldn’t be more contrary to reality. “Yes, my dear Oswald Alving, you have inherited the name of a man who undoubtedly was both energetic and worthy” (Ghosts 85). Mrs. Alving said to her son. This lie was one that was sustained throughout her life; one that was there to protect her son from the truth that was his

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