A Doll's House Research Paper

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A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, portrays a young married woman, Nora, who plays a dramatic role of deception and self-indulgence. The author creates a good understanding of a woman’s role by assuming Nora is an average housewife who does not work; her only job is to maintain the house and raise the children like a stereotypical woman that cannot work or help society. In reality, she is not an average housewife in that she has a hired maid who deals with the house and children. Although Ibsen focuses on these “housewife” attributes, Nora’s character is ambitious, naive, and somewhat cunning. She hides a dark secret from her husband that not only includes borrowing money, but also forgery. Nora’s choices were irrational; she handled the …show more content…
Nora shows deep sentiment for her husband, and proves that by sacrificing her life, reputation and dignity. “She lives in a sort of minority, thinks as a child, and allows herself to be treated as a child. As long as she regards her husband with boundless admiration, and trusts in him unconditionally, things go on fairly well; but the day when trust and admiration collapse, the day when she realizes what sort of man he is for whom she has sacrificed so much, that day brings her life to a crisis…” (Henrik Ibsen: A Critical Biography, Pg. 245). The “crisis” could have been avoided if she would have been able to talk to her husband like a normal married individual. Everyone makes mistakes and no one on the planet is anywhere near perfect. What Nora did was wrong and she knew it without second guessing. The only thing she needed was her husband’s support instead of being more afraid of him than the law. When she did get caught or eventually turned herself in, the consequences for those events need to be the same as if a man did it. Her reputation may be affected but not in the sense where people cannot get over the idea that a woman could do something so exaggeratingly catastrophic.

Nora's husband, Torvald, portrays a very masculine provider of wealth and a typical "man" of that time period. Calling all the shots, running the household, and bringing in more than enough money

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