The Great Debators

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INTRODUCTION
Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll's House is a story of a superficial marriage in which the wife and husband do not know one another particularly well. In order for marriage successes those involved should have trust and know each other and view one another as equals. In Ibsen’s contemporaries, the ideal form of love is for a man to love his wife and for the wife to love her husband. Love should be total and unconditional in marriage. The struggle to harmonize with society’s norms and expectations is proven to destroy relationships. When someone strives to conform to the set regulations he is most likely bound to interact with the world as it appears rather than reality. This ultimately creates a harmful impact in the relationship. HENRIK IBSEN’S IDEA OF MARRIAGE

In “A Doll’s House”, Henrik Ibsen tries to demonstrate the notion of marriage through Torvald Helmer, a husband who dissipates his relationship with his wife Nora. This is solely due to his determination to bound to the moral code of the society’s expectations. Torvald stands for all the individuals denying social ills in the society. Henrik Ibsen emphatically stresses on the status of women how their roles is perceived in the context of the moral code, related to love and marriage. Torvald Helmer portrays his character by defining the roles of women, how they should behave and perform their duty as faithful wife and mother.

Torvald and Nora Helmer live in a fantasylike world and reveal that they do not really know each other on a much deeper level as they should. This portrays their incestuous marriage. This drives home the loathsome qualities of Torvald by attributing to him a personal decadence. This Implies that Torvald considers Nora as an ornamented sex object, and how he maintains his amorous fantasies toward his wife. Torvald takes his wife as a piece for sex and encourages her to dance like a pretty doll in order to arouse his sexual passions. This...
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