In Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's HouseNora Helmer spends most of her on-stage time as a doll: a vapid, passive character with little personality of her own. Her whole life is a construct of societal norms and the expectations of others. Until she comes to the realization that her life is a sham, she spends her whole life in a dream world. Until her change, Nora is very childlike and whimsical.
Her first act on stage is her paying the delivery body. Though his service only costs p. Though an additional p. She hands him the hundred and before he can thank her, she decides in the middle of the transaction that she is not patient enough to wait for change.
The fact that this seemingly mundane occurrence is presented as the first action on stage showcases the reckless attitude implied. Fiscal irresponsibility is a prominent factor in the advancement of the plot. Another aspect of the crimewhich was not elaborated on so much, is that even if the documents were not forged, Nora did not have any means to repay the loan anyway. Nora could be excused for trusting Krogstad not to blackmail her, but not recognizing that the loan would have to be repaid is inexcusable.
Though at one point we are led to believe that whenever Nora would pry money away from Torvald, she would reserve half of it to repay the debt, when Krogstad confronts her, she confesses that she is not, in fact, in possession of the remaining balance. An important aspect of a dream world is the suspension of cause and effect. One example of her disregard for others is when she blames Mrs.
Linde 1 for smuggling forbidden macaroons into the house. Though she is just trying to hide her indiscretions, she does not care whom she hurts in the process. Another aspect of the dream world is the acquisition of material possessions; Nora is always trying to make herself happy by buying things: dresses, toys, candy etc. She has never spent serious time with her husband of nearly a decade, and is always dumping her children on the nurse rather than bonding with them herself.
This practice may have been common at the time the play was written, but Ibsen is clearly not ashamed of bold social criticism Chandler Though she is infatuated with the acquisition of possessions, she herself is a possession of Torvald.
When Torvald enters the scene, Nora's childlike behavior becomes more patent. Torvald calls her pet names "little lark", "little squirrel", and "Little Miss Extravagant". Nora is being treated like a cute little girl and she happily accepts the epithets. Torvald finds himself having to restrain Nora with rules, much as a father would have to inhibit a child, forbidding her from pursuing candy and other temporal pleasures.
The maturity level Nora exhibits demonstrates that the relationship between Torvald and Nora is more like father and daughter than husband and wife. Ford She whines at Torvald 3exhibits poor judgment 4does not care about the consequences of her actions 5and immaturely shuts her ears to unpleasant thoughts, placing her hand on her mouth and exclaiming, "Oh! Don't say such things!
The father-daughter relationship is referred to later when Nora confronts Torvald in the final act. She makes this connection that life with her father was like life with Torvald.
According to Nora, Torvald was guilty of the same things. In addition to his insistence on her wearing the fish girl costume is his frustration over her inability to grasp the tarantella. The costume and dance are part of Torvald's fantasy of gazing upon Nora from across the room at a party and pretending that she is something exotic.Jump to navigation Skip to content.
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Ibsen was born about a hundred and fifty years before Hnath, in Skien, Norway, into a family of merchants. His parents were unusually close, and he was both fascinated and horrified by their relationship. The question of intimacy—and its connections to money, Christian morality, and gender roles, or, more specifically, how a woman should behave—excited his dramatic imagination and also made him a critic of the mores he grew up with.
Ibsen switched to prose for its more immediate effects—and as a way of shocking audiences out of their complacency. The setting: a high-ceilinged sitting room in a nineteenth-century middle-class home. What you notice first is the door, dark and tall. Someone is knocking and a maid, Anne Marie Jayne Houdyshellenters, huffing and puffing. In her stylish hat, fitted jacket, and long skirt, she looks prosperous as she walks purposefully toward—what?
Well, well. Here she is again, after so many years—fifteen, to be exact. Since leaving her husband, Torvald Chris CooperNora has discovered her own voice and become—drumroll, please—a writer. A popular feminist writer who writes under a pseudonym. Her first book was about a woman who was in a seemingly good marriage, with children and so on, and who left it all, just like that.
Having basically written her own story, Nora discovered that many other women had experienced similar predicaments. She needs him to sign a document saying that he is divorcing her: by law, no woman can divorce her husband without proof of mistreatment. Nora has written a book about her life? How could she do that when Ibsen invented her and Hnath is reinventing her?
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