Essay on Analysis of Doll House Play

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Mrs. Mary Rorke

English 102

1st Nov. 2005

"A Doll House"

A critical Analysis

When Nora slammed the door shut in her doll's house in 1879, her message sent shockwaves around the world that persist to this day. "I must stand quite alone", Nora declared after finding out that her ideal of life was just a imagination of her and that all her life had been build up by others people's, specifically her husband and her dad ideas, opinions and tastes.

Nora is the pampered wife of an aspiring bank manager Torvald Halmer. In a desperate attempt to saves her husband's life Nora once asked for a loan so she and her family could move somewhere where her husband could recover from his sickness. Giving the circumstances she,
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In one of the Copenhagen reviewer's words, ‘Nora has only shown herself as a little Nordic ‘Frou-Frou' and as such cannot be transformed in a flash to a Soren Kierkegaard in skirts. For Clement Scott at the beginning of the play Nora is "all heart like a cabbage" and at the end "a mass of aggregate conceit and self-sufficiency"(Archer, Mausoleum",78) This reasoning provided an ideal way for disapproving reviewers to dismiss Nora altogether; nothing she said needed to be taken seriously and her slamming could be written off as silly theatrics."(Templenton, 114)

However, the sequence of three convulsions one in each act makes Nora's final resolution plausible. As Johnston states these three seismic convulsions are: (1) "the objective, social shock of Act I, when Nora is forced to recognize, for the first time, the claims if the public/social world she had frivolously disdained; then (2) the antithesis to this, the subjective, inward shock, in Act II, when she begins to fathom something of her own nature and even her affinity with the disgraced Krogstad; and finally, (3) the Metaphysical shock of Act III, her whole idea if the world she thought she inhabited and her own, and others', identities is shown to be grotesquely false. This last shock brings about the destruction of both objective and subjective conception" (Jonhson, 143).

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