Discuss About the Miracle in a Doll’s House Essay

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Discuss about the Miracle in A Doll’s House

院 系:经济学院 专 业:国际金融系 姓 名:陈卓佩 学 号:11307100212 日 期:2013年6月6日

This article focuses on the miracle Nora mentions in Act Three of A Doll’s House. The miracle Nora hopes for “in terror and hope” is for her husband to change and accept responsibility. But Torvald’s initial reaction towards her sacrifice is panic, then incomprehension. This makes Nora realize that she is only a doll dependent on man. The miracle she has always been waiting for never comes. However, I think the fact that Nora decides to leave and live independently itself is a miracle in that
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Ironically, this becomes a decisive moment for Nora - when she recognizes the role which has been authoritatively imposed upon her, she decides to leave Torvald. The portrait of Nora has been considered symbolic for the initiation of feminist literature in the 19th century and is extensively discussed in the European literature. In Act Three of this play, Nora says “That was the miracle I was waiting for, in terror and hope”, and this is one of the most discussed and analyzed sentence in Ibsen’s work. The essay relates to Nora’s idea of a ‘miracle’.
2. About Nora’s ‘miracle’
2.1 The meaning of ‘miracle’ The Norwegian word for ‘miracle’, det vidunderlige, literally means “the most wonderful thing”, and it is the core of Nora’s world throughout the play. In Act Two, Nora mentions it in a conversation with Mrs. Linde when she realizes that her felony might be revealed. She tells Mrs. Linde that now she has no choice but to wait the ‘miracle’ to happen, yet refuses to tell what the ‘miracle’ entails. The meaning of this ‘miracle’ is revealed at the play’s climax in Act Three where the peripety takes place. Nora says that she hoped that when Krogstad’s letter was discovered, Torvald would tell Krogstad “go on, tell your tale to the whole world”, take the blame on himself and say “I am the guilty one”. That was the ‘miracle’ for her. Nora expected her husband to stand on her side instead of the social constructs of right and wrong, and sacrifice

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