A Doll's House Role Play Analysis

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Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”, is essentially all about role play. In the beginning of the play the readers are introduced to a woman named, Nora. Nora seems to be completely happy with her life and excited for what the future holds for her husband, Torvald. Torvald believes that his role as the man in the marriage is to shelter and mentor his wife. It is very obvious that Torvald enjoys that fact that Nora needs his navigation through life; which seems as if they have more of a father-daughter type relationship rather than that of a husband and a wife. In “A Doll’s House”, there are many hints referring to how women and men are supposed to act around the time that the play was written in the late 1800s. Nora does not have a very serious …show more content…
For example, when Nora tells Torvald, “Whatever you do is always right,” and he responds back with, “Now my little lark’s talking like a human being.” Torvald seems to enjoy the more dominant lifestyle and believes that women as well as other human beings should be submissive in a sense. However, in this instance Nora defends herself and counters Torvald’s disrespect with, “Before all else, I’m a human being.” This portrays Nora’s ideal “human being” to being able to stand strong as an individual and to embrace your personal freedom and equality amongst other members of society, both male and …show more content…
This type of reference could be illustrated as a degrading and quite humiliating, and shows how Torvald feels he is entitled to control and is able to easily coax Nora. I believe that Nora’s role in “A Doll’s House” is the portray women in a submissive role in society, that women do not have a voice and that they must bow down to their husbands as they play a superior role. Nora seems to be repeatedly treated as a child by Torvald, but Nora seems to have a revelation later in the play and she then starts to realize how fake her marriage really is. Nora is ultimately projected as Torvald’s “doll”, more of like a puppet really. This puppet or doll, is completely dependent on it’s master for all of her thoughts and actions. Nora is consistently submissive to Torvald, and after Torvald teaches Nora the dance it is obvious that Torvald is not interested in Nora in an emotional sense but more of a physical way. Torvald probably assumes that it is Nora’s only responsibility to satisfy him in which ever way he wants and whenever he sees

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