The Theme Of A Doll House


There are many people who are in disagreement on the theme of "A Doll House". The conflict people have is whether or not "A Doll House" is a feminist text or not. Ibsen, the writer of "A Doll House", has himself said that his play is not a feminist text. Others say that even though he did not intend it to be, it is a feminist text. "A Doll House" is not a feminist text. The story is about a woman who thought she knew herself, until one event turns her world upside down.
Joan Templeton, in her essay "Is ‘A Doll House’ a Feminist Text?", says that "A Doll House" is a feminist (1136). She admits that Ibsen himself says "A Doll House" is not about women’s rights but "the description of ...

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is felt to be reasonably true, the reader will read his own feelings and sentiments into the work" (1133).
The story is actually about a woman who thinks she knows herself. Nora, in the beginning of the story, does not understand just what kind of position she has put herself in by taking the loan, without her husbands knowledge. Nora doesn’t think that the debt is such a big deal. She understands she will have to work to pay it off, however she does not realize that she has put her secret in the hands of a desperate, greedy man. Nor does she understand just how in love she is with Helmer. In the beginning Nora says "I could never think of going against you"(1071) to her husband, and yet in the end she does. It is not until the very end of the play when Helmer opens the letter from Krogstad, that Nora truly knows herself. Helmer yells at Nora for what she has done and practically condemns her to hell. She begins to understand here that she has never actually loved Helmer. ...

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