a dolls house

Topics: Marriage / Pages: 5 (1169 words) / Published: Nov 1st, 2013
A Doll’s House
South University

Ibsen’s a doll house centers around a time where men worked and women were the care givers of the home. In a Doll’s House there were some major points made that eventually led up to that one defining moment. The defining moment for me was when Nora decided that she no longer wants to live the lifestyle of being the “doll”. It starts with Torvalds reading the letter about her borrowing the money and Nora’s secret is finally exposed.

Nora and Torvald to outsiders, seem to have the perfect life. They seem like a happily married couple with no worries in the world. But little do they know a lot goes on behind closed doors in their home. There are serious financial issues causing strain on their relationship. A doll’s house is centered on the typical gender roles in the early 1900s where men worked and the women took care of the home. Torvald is the provider of his household and Nora is the typical housewife. The play centers on their relationship that starts of like a normal happy marriage but will end up scandalous because of the lies, deceit, and skeletons that lurk in the closet. The “happy” marriage will come crumbling down like no one expects it to.

Torvald puts Nora down multiple times as if he doesn’t respect her as a woman. He calls her his “little squirrel” all throughout the play which to me says he does not take her seriously. Torvald constantly scolds Nora about her spending habits. This was very typical in these times because since he worked he had full control of the money that came into the household. Nora is almost like a child asking for an allowance. He says “You always find some new way of wheedling money out of me, and, as soon as you have got it, it seems to melt in your hands”(Ibsen’s, 2011, Act I). Torvald is telling Nora that she is always finding a way to convince him to give her money and when he does she spends it so recklessly, she doesn’t even remember what she

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