Essay on Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll 's House

1523 Words Nov 9th, 2014 7 Pages
In the play A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen utilizes the dialogue between Torvald Helmer and Nora to expose the sexist nature of their society that reduces women to inferior positions and imposes restrictive roles on them. Indeed, Ibsen reveals his desire to modify these confining societal norms through Nora’s transformation at the end of the play, evident through her shift in language to Helmer, and further in her denunciation of all obligations society foists upon women. Torvald Helmer’s language to his wife Nora illustrates is idea of her as subordinate to him within society and their household. He also restricts her to the role of wife and mother and implies her helplessness to illustrates the sexist nature of society in the late 1800’s. Nora further emphasizes the subservience of women in society by accepting Helmer’s demeaning language and his orders. However, at the end of the play Nora undergoes a transformation and realizes her role in society as an individual even equal to the men. She demonstrates her rejection of the obligations forced upon women through her shift in language to Helmer and by abandoning her children; thus, she assumes a superior position to Helmer within their household due to her empowerment and self-assertion. To further depict her dominance, Helmer pleads for her forgiveness and even offers to change his attitudes and traditions for her. Ibsen portrays the sexist society through Helmer’s demeaning language to Nora and through her obedience;…

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