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

1084 Words Oct 22nd, 2015 null Page
Henrik Ibsen’s “Doll’s House”, is set during the turn of the nineteenth century in a small, Norwegian town. No one would think that the events that take place in the story were happening during the beginning of the woman’s rights movement. Symbolism is prevalent throughout the play, subtly addressing the inequality Nora experiences in her marriage to Torvald. Ibsen’s symbolism makes it clear to the reader that there is a power imbalance that was normal for married couples at a time when men were seen as the breadwinners and women were homemakers. At the end of the play, though, Nora takes control of her own life, leaving Torvald and everything she knows, to find herself. Nora asserts herself as an independent woman, much more than just Torvald’s little skylark.
Torvald, like many spouses, has a few choice pet names for Nora. But rather than the endearing classics one may expect from the era such as ‘sweetheart’ or ‘darling,’ he likens her to animals. In the very first line he calls her ‘skylark” and later Torvald calls her a play bird. While, on the surface this may not seem like something out of the ordinary, it symbolizes a lack of respect that Torvald has for Nora. Errol Durbach agrees in “A Doll 's House: Ibsen 's Myth of Transformation” that, “Torvald’s first line in the play, simultaneously loving and demeaning, a mixture of genuine pleasure and irritating cuteness on hearing Nora return to their love nest: “Is that my little sky-lark chirruping out there?”…

Related Documents