Comparison Of Torvald Helmer In Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House

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Torvald Helmer and Nils Krogstad are both men who use Nora Helmer in the hope of advancing or protecting his career; but Nils is the one who releases Nora, while Torvald tries to tighten his control over Nora. Nora Helmer and Kristine Linde, the main female characters in the play, live in a time when women are not equal to men; the men determine the option or the opportunities they have. Henrik Ibsen published his play A Doll House in 1879. Torvald and Nora Helmer appear to be in a happy and successful nineteenth-century marriage, but there are secrets and games playing out within the home. A crisis reveals the limits that society and her husband place upon Nora. Nils Krogstad is a better man than Torvald Helmer, because of the hope he has …show more content…
Torvald does not change, and only sees the changing situations as one that enables him to stay with his same plans and habits. His game of controlling how the inside of his own dollhouse looks to other people can continue; and he thinks these desired appearances may continue to be seen by others as reality with increased control of Nora. The play deals with the attempt to protect public image as well as escaping the labels and limits of the culture around us, while we are trying to find out who we are as individuals. Society defines what a successful person, marriage or career is. A Doll House is still relevant today because people still play games of trying to appear to be someone or something they are not. People still focus too much on keeping up an image instead of taking care of those closest to them. People are still treating others as benefits to use and control for personal advantage. Nora walks out because the unknown held more promise for her that the known life she could continue with Torvald. When facing the threat of honesty, which brings personal pain and questions, we can try to continue the games we play or we can be honest about what the trouble or crisis shows us. Are we people who take and control or do we give others options for a different and maybe better

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