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Doll House Essay

By BabyRoy Apr 21, 2015 494 Words

Imagine  that  you  were   hiding  something,  something  that  you  don’t  want  anyone  else  to  know.  In  order  to  keep  it  hidden,  you  act like nothing is wrong, and you go on with your normal  life.  That  is  exactly   what  Nora  Helmer  does  in  the  play,  ​ A  Doll’s  House  by  Henrik  Ibsen.  For 

most  of  her  marriage,  Nora  has  been  pretending  to  be  someone  she’s  not.  She  conforms  to  Torvald’s  beliefs  because  she  doesn’t  want  him  to  stop  loving  her.  At  the  end  of  the  play, Nora  realizes  that  all  she  is,  is   a  doll   in  his  house  and  questions  whether  Torvald  really  loves  her  or  not. 

In the beginning of the story, Nora seems happy. ​ She responds affectionately to Torvald’s 
teasing,  speaks  with  excitement  about  the  extra  money  his  new  job  will  provide,  and  takes  pleasure  in  the  company  of  her  children  and  friends.  She  does  not  seem  to  mind  her  doll­like  existence, in which she is treated as inferior.  

As  the play progresses, Nora reveals that she is not just a “silly girl,” as Torvald calls her.  The  many  years  of   secret  labor  put into paying off her debt she obtained by illegally taking out  a  loan  to  save  Torvald’s  life,  shows  that  she  is  understands  the  business  details  related  to  it,  and  that she is intelligent and independent and much more than a “doll” to play with.  Nora  defies Torvald in small yet  meaningful ways; by eating macaroons and then lying to  him  about  it,  for  instance.  She  also  swears,  apparently  just  for  the  pleasure  she  derives  from   minor rebellion against societal standards.  

Krogstad’s  blackmail  and  the trauma that follows do not change Nora’s nature; they open  her  eyes 

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