Conformity Verses Individuality

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Victor A Collado

Conformity verses individuality What would you expect to be the personality of a woman who defies societies strict rules and social and moral standards, and even breaks the law in an effort to save her husband’s life, and keep her family intact. It is Just such a woman, Nora Helmer, that Henrik Ibsen portrays in “A Doll House” Through what she says about herself, through her actions and through her interpretations of earlier incidents, Ibsen reveals the oppressive mind set of a society towards woman and the ability to break the norm of conformity for individuality.

The inferior role of Nora is important to her character as it shows how Nora is oppressed by a bunch of social standards. Ibsen, in “A Dolls House” portrays the role of woman as subordinate in order to emphasize their roles in this society. Nora is oppressed by her husband Torvald’s manipulation, as he had a typical relationship with the society he conforms to. Torvald is a smug and pompous bank manager. His job has many responsibilities and he always treats his wife Nora as if she is one of them. Tarvold is very authoritive and puts his appearance both socially and physically ahead of his wife and his family for that matter. He is a man more concerned with his reputation than his wife’s feelings.

Nora and Torvald’s relationship on the outside appears to be happy. Nora is treated like a child, or a doll in this relationship, and as the play progresses she begins to realize how phony her marriage is. Torvald sees Nora’s only role as a submissive, subservient, loving wife and mother. He refers to Nora as his squirrel “p-3” “my little skylark” “p-2” which essentially means a bird or one having a bird brain, and a spenddrift “p-3” He treats her as if she is merely a...
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