A Doll House: Insights


In analysing the life and behaviors of this later 1800s couple, it is important to understand the societal roles that men and women played. Men in this day, were supposed to be the leader of the house, making every desicion, and controling what went on in their household. As a matter of honor, the husband was supposed to keep his wife and children in subjection. All financial descisions and transactions were to be made by the husband. Society did not recognize female independance. In the play A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen, Nora was supposed to play the role of a traditional housewife, which to her husband Torvald, was exactly what was she was doing. She stayed close to home, mostly ...

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goes on in their family. The first step towards this is for both of them to acknowledge that each of them is one half of a partnership, and that their abilities and sensibilities compliment one another, and should not create a shadow, like the one Nora is living under. They both need to treat each other with honesty, fairness and respect. Torvald, on many occasions would degrade Nora by saying things that would hint at her being weak or even comparing her to an animal. "Is that my little lark twittering out there" and "Is that my squirrel rummaging around?" A lark is a songbird; a happy, carefree bird. One that has no need to think for themselves. A squirrel is a small, furry rodent. If you were to squirrel away something, you were hiding or storing it, like what Nora was doing with her bag of macaroons near the beginning of the story.
Nora knows what society expects of her but she continues to do what she feels is right in spite of them. Her independent actions are used in ...

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