A Doll's House Analytical Essay

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Henrik Ibsen has a true talent when it comes to making a thought provoking piece of work. In Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll 's House, Nora Helmer was awakened to a harsh reality after the arrival of her friend Christina Linden. The plot of the play centers on the lives of Nora Helmer and her husband Torvald Helmer. Nora took out a loan from Nils Krogstad in order the save Torvald’s life and she is trying her hardest to keep her secret. Christina appears in the life of Nora and Torvald seemingly out of thin air. She asks Nora to help her get a job at the bank by using Torvalds’s new position as a lead way. Mrs. Linden was a friend of Nora’s in her younger years before she moved to her current home with her husband, Torvald. Christina Linden was …show more content…
She worked at her own job and paid her own bills and she provided for herself. She was self-sufficient, she did not need a husband to take care of her. Christina emphasized telling the truth, while Nora preferred living in a lie. It was eventually Christina was the one who had control of giving Mr. Helmer the telling letter, and she chose to by saying, “Helmer must know everything; there must be an end to the unhappy secret” (Act 3) . Although Christina’s life was ultimately a goal of Nora’s, Christina did not like the life she was living. You could tell by the eagerness she displayed when she asked Krogstad if they could be together. She thought being an independent woman was the biggest burden of them all. She said “I need somebody to tend, and your children need a mother. You need me, and I-I need you” (Act 3). She wanted to belong to someone and Krogstad’s children wanted a mother, so she became a part of his family. She lost the burden of having to be on her …show more content…
Christina asked her one true love, Nils Krogstad, become her husband. They quickly began a relationship and entered it as equals. Christine said, “How if we, two shipwrecked people could join hands?” (Act 3). They both recognized that they were lost and had to help each other if they joined together. They quickly became partners in life. Torvald and Nora’s relationship has a much ruder awakening; Nora soon realizes that she and her husband are together only because that is what was expected of them. Nora though that their love ran deep because Torvald had said so many things about protecting her and putting her life in front of his. He said, “Do you know Nora, Nora, I often wish some danger might threaten you, that I might risk body and soul, and everything, everything, for your dear sake” (Act 3). Nora took a very large risk to save her husband, she surly assumed he would do the same. When Torvald reads the letter from Krogstad explaining her debt to him, he becomes inflamed. Torvald lost all the love he had for his wife, was making plans for her to go into hiding calling her an “unprincipled woman.” He said,” Henceforward there can be no question of happiness, but merely of saving the ruins, the shreds, the show of it!” (Act 3), he is suddenly ashamed of his prize that he “pet and spoil[ed] throughout their entire married life”. It was

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