The relationship between the two main characters of Nora and Helmer in "A Doll's House" are established through the dialogue and stage directions which take place in Act One. The relationship is very representative of the time period in which it is set, Helmer, the husband is the head of the household and is the most important in the family status he controls the family's lifestyle according to his own views.
In order to convey Torvald's authority in the relationship, Ibsen uses first person possessive pronouns, for example, 'Is that my little squirrel frisking about?', the use of 'my' reflects the ownership that Torvald has over Nora, this links to the ideologies of society at the time were a man owned his wife in the relationship and that a man Just as the pre-modifying adjective 'little' undermines Nora's authority in their relationship and emphasises his power over her. Ibsen also depicts the idea that Nora is in Torvald's household for his own enjoyment by referring to her as a pet, 'My pretty little pet is very sweet but it runs away with an awful lot of money', To him, she is only a possession. Torvald calls Nora by pet-names and speaks down to her because he thinks that she is not intelligent and that she can not think on her own. Whenever she begins to voice an opinion Torvald quickly drops the pet-names and insults her as a women through comments like; "worries that you couldn't possibly help me with," and "Nora, Nora, just like a woman."(1565) Torvald is a typical husband in his society. He denied Nora the right to think and act the way she wished. He required her to act like an imbecile and insisted upon the rightness of his view in all matters. The relationship between the two main characters of Nora and Helmer in "A Dolls House" are established through the diologue and stage directions which take place in Act One. The relationship between the characters is quite simplistic, derived from the 1870s time period in which it is set. Helmer, the...
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