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

819 Words Jun 26th, 2016 4 Pages
In this three-act play of 1879, Henrik Ibsen gives a whole new perspective to the meaning of a doll house. No longer does the reader consider a doll house to be a fun and enchanting child’s toy, instead it is portrayed as the struggles of feeling caged and powerless. This essay will discuss the development and growth of the character of Nora Helmer as she faces the difficulties of being trapped in the doll house by gender stereotypes, deception, and the power of money. Throughout the play it is slowly revealed to the reader what society at this time and Torvald Helmer himself expect of a woman. With comments from Helmer like “Isn 't it your duty to your husband and children?” (Ibsen 1647) and “Why shouldn’t I look at my dearest treasure? At all the beauty that is mine, all my very own” (Ibsen 1640), it becomes clear to the reader that women need not value anything greater than her responsibilities to her husband, children, and the house. One can also infer that appearance is very important to Helmer as he sees Nora as something of a trophy, her purpose to make him look good. The play seemingly makes Helmer out to be the “bad guy” of sorts but if one was to consider the other side, could Torvald himself feel trapped by society’s expectations of masculine roles? This is an interesting point of view as one not covered in the play itself. According to oldbaileyonline.org in an article titled Gender in the Proceedings “In marriage, men were expected to rule over their wives,…

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