A Doll's House Ibsen Analysis
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 …show more content…
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