Independence In A Doll's House By Henrik Ibsen

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Women in the 19th century were seldom independent as gender equality was absent. Independence can be defined as the unwillingness to adhere to the husband’s desire. In Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, Ibsen delves into Nora’s journey toward independence as a result from the inconveniences of her seemingly carefree relationship with Torvald. Torvald’s inconsiderate and hurtful criticism toward Nora acts as a stepping-stone toward her independence. Additionally, the revelation of Torvald’s actual persona further enhances her independence toward her imminent self-actualization. Likewise, Nora’s self-realization of needing to learn about the world finalizes her growth. Accordingly, the independence of Nora acts as a catalyst to the destruction …show more content…
For instance, when Torvald expresses his allegedly heroic character, there is a sense of dependence invigorating Nora’s personality. This dependence is expressed in the passage, “Come what will, you may be sure I shall have both courage and strength if they be needed. You will see I am man enough to take everything upon myself” (Ibsen 36). This statement is a double-edged sword because if Torvald does not fulfill Nora’s expectation of him, which will dramatically strengthen their relationship, there will be nothing else than grievance awaiting him. Surprisingly, when the opportunity to demonstrate this heroicness is available, Torvald does not live up to Nora’s expectation and instead flares at her, as evidenced by the passage, “What a horrible awakening! All these eight years—she who was my joy and pride—a hypocrite, a liar—worse, worse—a criminal! The unutterable ugliness of it all! For shame! For shame!” (Ibsen 62). Normally, common sense dictates that lies of that magnitude are unhealthy for a relationship and can largely impact it. Accordingly, Nora confirms that Torvald is a stranger. This confirmation is expressed in the passage, “It was to-night, when the wonderful thing did not happen; then I saw you were not the man I had thought you” (Ibsen 69). Following the many heroic statements of Torvald, Nora believed that he would certainly come to her rescue. Unfortunately, much to his demise, this failure metastasizes Nora’s doll-like personality to a different one. As a result, Nora’s independence dramatically escalates; she is no longer a doll whose sole purpose is to please her husband. Overall, the superficial statement of Torvald causes Nora to further become

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