Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll House Essay

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Nora’s final actions in the end of Henrick Ibsen’s “A Doll House” have certainly been the object of much criticism. In fact, “So much has it disturbed audiences that a few well-known productions changed the ending to have her return before the curtain falls”(Brooks). After all, why would a mother abandon her children and her husband with no clear indication as to if she were going to return? In its time, Nora’s decision was considered disgraceful as well as practically unheard of, and, continues to be an albeit less shocking force in contemporary analysis. A deeper understanding of Nora’s reasons in her seeming dereliction of her family, however, requires the observation of the paternal figures and their broader interpretations. Through examination of these characters and the symbols they represent, the stereotypes of maternal and patriarchal figures are dismantled, leading to Nora’s congé of not only the “dollhouse”, but of these convenances themselves. Along with the deconstruction of the gender roles of women, the defaming of the father figure certainly takes an important role. In Ibsen’s play, “fatherhood, ordinarily associated with the authority and stability of patriarchy, is associated with abandonment, illness, absence, and corruption” (Rosefeldt). Torvald, Krogstad, Nora’s father, and Mrs Linde’s father all display tendencies that clash with the western stereotypes of patriarchal figures. Torvald, for all his observations of the corruption that poisons…

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