The Struggle for Identity in A Doll's House

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The naturalism focuses that led to identity struggles in the novels The Time of the doves and A Doll’s House victimizing the characters.

Characters in both novels have demonstrated a naturalism focus in the Time of the Doves and A Doll’s House. Naturalism in novels is a literary movement that involves environments, heredity and social conditions in determining the human character. In the novels, the characters are incapable of determining the outcome of their own lives because it is predestined by what they inherit from both experiences and ancestors in their lives. Due to the circumstances of their lives being undetermined, they have struggles throughout their life and relationships trying to find their identity.

One of the important focus points on naturalism in A Doll’s House is the heredity and social conditions in shaping the character individually. An example of inheritance is when Nora was done with a conversation about Krogstad’s behavior. Nora did not want her dishonest behavior to contaminate her kids morally. How ever, she struggles with the responsibility for herself and for others through dishonesty. As a wife, Nora felt it was her duty to help save the man (Torvald) she loved, even though she did it in a dishonest manor. At the end of Act three, Nora discovers Torvald always established her identity and comes to the realization that her life has been a lie. Nora says to Torvald in Act three page seven hundred forty-eight, “but our home’s been nothing but a play pen. I’ve been your doll-wife here, as at home I was papa’s doll-child. And in turn the children have been my dolls”. This passage shows signs of both naturalism and the struggle for identity in Nora’s life. From a naturalism focus, Nora starts to comprehend how the social conditions in her past and current household are affecting both her marriage to Torvald and her family. As a doll, which one dictionary stated that a doll is a small replica of a person; used as a toy, Nora becomes...
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