Doll House Essay

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¶ … Doll's House" Analysis

Whether the relationship between Nora and Torvald is good or bad really depends on the viewpoint of the reader. From a more traditional perspective, the marriage would be deemed proper as Torvald ruled over his wife as many men feel is the correct way to go about marriage. From a modern perspective, Torvald would be deemed domineering and condescending. In the same sense, Torvald does feel that he does what is best to care for his wife and uphold his role as her husband. For example, in Act I, Nora asks her husband for some money and he suggests that she is a wasteful with it while at the same time indicating that she spends it all "on the housekeeping and any number of unnecessary things" (Ibsen 3). He goes on to mention that, "One would hardly believe how expensive such little persons are" (Ibsen 3). Although he does not mean to be condescending, referring to her as a "spendthrift" and a "little person" is representative of his view of her, as a less capable human being than himself.

Another example of his condescending attitude toward her also takes place in Act I, when he asks her if she has been "breaking rules in town today" (Ibsen 3). Nora attempts to convince her husband that she has not been breaking any rules, and has not been at the confectioner's or been eating macaroons, although she has been. He eventually gives up, as she insists that she has not been breaking any rules. As the ruler of the home in the traditional sense, Nora is eventually let off the hook as Torvald surely believes that Nora would never dream of going against his rules by indulging in sweets.Download full Download Microsoft Word File
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It is important to note that Nora makes many references to being attractive throughout the text, but namely in the first act. When discussing where she was able to procure the money for the trip to Italy with Mrs. Linde, Nora indicates that she will be more willing to tell the truth when her husband isn't as interested in her when she is older and less attractive. "When Torvald is no longer as devoted to me as he is now," she says. She says she will be more willing to tell him the truth "when my dancing and dressing-up and reciting have palled on him; then it may be a good thing to have something in reserve." She then goes on to correct herself and say, "that time will never come" (Ibsen 9). Whether she means the time when she will stop doing those things or the time her hsuband will lose interest in her is unclear. This statement is demonstrative of the fact that their marriage is based largely upon looks, at least in Nora's eyes. Looks alone are not the foundation of the "happy home" (Ibsen 9) that Nora thinks she shared with her husband.

2. While I can see why critics would feel that Christine's relationship with Krogstad negates Nora's idea of her new found freedom, I do not agree with this. As the old saying goes, "different strokes for different folks." What one person finds that makes them happy is not always the same as what other people find to make them happy. This is made evident in the fact that although she knows how Nora feels about her marriage and her new freedom, Christine still decides to push forward with her relationship. From the very beginning of the play, Nora makes indications that she is unhappy with her situation and unhappy with her marriage to Torvald. In the context of this play, leaving may not be the sensible thing to do but in the modern world a woman who is that unhappy with her life is encouraged to separate from her husband. There are several passages that make me feel that this was the best thing for her, at least in her eyes. Most of them come from the first act. While Torvald does not set out to be intentionally cruel to his wife, some things that he does and says to her are bothersome to me and cause me to be in support of her decision, regardless of what Christine was… [END OF PREVIEW] . . . READ MORE

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