Essay on Analysis Of Henrik Ibsen 's ' A Doll 's House '

1538 Words Nov 14th, 2016 7 Pages
Ibsen, A Doll’s House from p. 9 (‘Nora [gently]. Poor Christine, you are a widow.) to ‘Nora...It was like being a man.’

This extract of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen is possibly the most important extract of Act 1. Through this section the audience is not only introduced to Mrs Christine Linde and Nora’s first discourse with a lady of her class, but the idea of Nora’s growing desire to rebel. During this conversation Ibsen displays the differing histories and the resulting personalities and ideals of two childhood friends. Plus, this section introduces the main conflict within the play and Ibsen’s reflections of the time.

Firstly, the scene opens with a discussion regarding Christine’s status as a widower and how her husband left her with nothing, “Not even any sorrow or grief to live upon.” This brief discourse offers the first notable difference between Christine and Nora’s lives. Christine has been a widow for three years now, whereas Nora is still married to Torvald. Ibsen presents Christine and Nora as opposite sides of the same coin. It was typical of women in the late 1800s to be financially dependant on their husband, however, some women of the age provided for themselves out of pure necessity - widowers being a prime example. It was difficult for women of the time to build sustainable careers because many did not see the workplace as a suitable place for women of the middle-class - most women who held employment were lower class and only allowed domestic or…

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