English IV AP
February 5, 2013
A Doll’s House Analysis on Self Responsibility
Mothers are known to be the true base of a family, and without one families tend to fall apart. They put their children and spouses before them all the time, and more often than not their self responsibility revolves around taking care of their family. This has been the case since the dawn of time and has remained prevalent throughout the world. In Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, the theme of self responsibility is exploited through the use of Situational Irony. Nora appears to be the typical selfless mother at the beginning of the play, but through situational Irony Nora leaves as a selfish, cruel, and cold hearted woman at the end of the play. Nora comes off as a wonderful mother, and like most mothers thinks very highly of her kids. This is shown when Nora is talking to Mrs. Linde and says “I have three lovely children” (Ibsen 7). Nora puts her kids on a pedestal and refers to her kids as lovely just like most mothers would say they have the most handsome son, or the most beautiful daughter. Nora mentions to Mrs. Linde that life is quite wonderful and she’s “able to be free from care, quite free from care; to be able to play and romp with the children; to be able to keep the house beautifully and have everything just as Torvald likes it!”(Ibsen 13) Nora describing these things as wonderful show where her responsibilities truly lie as a person and that is with the well being and happiness of her family. Lastly to defend Nora’s selflessness, there is the confrontation with Krogstad at the end of Act I when Krogstad is threatening Nora claiming he will divulge her secret of falsifying documents on her father’s behalf. Nora asks “Is a daughter not to be allowed to spare her dying father from anxiety and care? Is a wife not allowed to save her husband’s life?” (Ibsen 24). At that point in the story Nora’s actions are nothing short of those of a...