Story: A Dollhouse, Acts II & III
Author: Henrik Ibsen
Topic: What is Nora most “wonderful thing of all”? In what does Nora think that she and Torvald did not have her “most wonderful thing”?
There are wonderful things that we all had to face in our lives. Some were for our own good and some was not. But through it all, we have learned from it. In acts II and III of “A Dollhouse”, the author, Henrik Ibsen, shows how Nora speaks several times of her “most wonderful thing of all”. What is her “most wonderful thing” and what ways that Nora and Torvald did not have them “most wonderful thing”?
In Act Two the word wonderful is again repeated three times: NORA: “A wonderful thing is about to happen.
MRS. LINDE: Wonderful?
NORA: Yes, a wonderful thing. But also terrible, Christine, and it just can't happen, not for all the world” (1903; II. 341-343).
This means something terrible, which must not happen, not for the entire world. What does this word mean? In act II, the Christmas tree that Nora decorated now is stripped bare. The toys and presents have disappeared all the emblems of material happiness. It is also in this act that Torvald tells Nora how he has the inner strength to take on whatever Krogstad may threaten; that Rank, “reveals the depth of his love for Nora” (1899; II. 220). Krogstad and Nora, in a deep and searching intimate dialogue share their contemplation to commit suicide. Nora reveals the wonderful thing that is now about to happen. That wonderful is what she imagines will be the terrible but heroic inner drama where, to prevent Torvald from taking the blame for her crime, she will at last find the courage for suicide.
What ways that Nora and Torvald did not have her “most wonderful thing”? At the climax of the play in act III, when Torvald reads the first letter Krogstad sent, his reaction to this is inappropriate. Those sweet endearing pet names Torvald calls Nora turn into the opposite … “She who was my joy and pride, a...
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