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The main characters in the play pretend to be someone who others would like them to be, instead of being their true selves.
The person that stands out the most as a character whose role play is almost impeccable to the point where it seems she leads two different lives is Nora. In the first act, Nora seems to just want money from her husband Torvald.
Even when asked what she would like for Christmas, money is her answer.
Is my squirrel in the sulks? It seems as if he is talking to a little child. And he says that as he is giving her money, which makes their interaction seem almost of a grown grandparent giving money to his precious, favorite young granddaughter. All of which makes Nora seem more like a prized possession than an equal partner in marriage.
This is how Ibsen first introduces Nora to the audience, as a simple minded, obedient trophy-wife. Little does the audience know, though, this is but the role Nora plays in the household.
This implies Nora is not completely a money loving fiend who just follows every instruction given by her husband, but she is a willing and determined individual who does what is needed for the best of her loved ones. The plot of the play becomes increasingly interesting when the audience finds out that now Krogstad is one of the employees of Torvald, and Torvald plans on firing Krogstad.
The revelation of this secret to the audience completely changes the perception of who Nora truly is, or at least leaves the audience in a state of momentary confusion without knowing how to label Nora. It is admirable what is now known of Nora. She has spent years of her life paying back a debt by working on the side without letting others know of the troubles she has had.
Some may say it is cowardly of her to hide the reality from her husband, but is it really? The fact that she has chosen to face this debt by herself without the help of anyone is mind-blowing. Instead of asking for help to pay it back and telling Torvald it was money used on him and for him, she takes the hard road by choosing to work what little she can by earning whatever she can.
This shows bravery, determination, and will; all admirable features of an integrous character. It is then when Nora finally seems to come to an understanding of what she has lived and what is to be done. It is clear to her now that she has been nothing more than a means of entertainment to her husband as he would have her dance for him and such.
And Torvald, as much as he might have critiqued her in the end for her childish behavior, Nora points out that it is for performing those tricks he loved of her.
Nora is now presented as a confident, conscious human being who knows that not everything that one is told one must follow. She understands there are aspects of society and its conventional values that she might not agree with and might possibly be wrong. Torvald then offers to teach her and she rejects him because she is conscious that she has to educate herself or at least away from him.
In the end, Nora comes out as a strong willed, independent woman who knows what she wants. Nora also helps point out that there might some aspects of society which might be incorrect besides the perception of women as the less sharp sex; the law of those days for example.
In the surface she appears as a beautiful, fun toy to her husband, father, and even to her friend Mrs. Linden, but it is only when they find out of her secret life when they start to appreciate her for more than a beautiful girl that she is. That second life of hers allows Nora to show that she can work, that she can withstand enormous amounts of pressure, and that she is capable to do things when she is determined.
It is this secret life that eventually leads to her being freed from that doll house, as she calls it, and ultimately allows her to leave without being afraid to study and learn about herself and society.
Works Cited Ibsen, Henrik.
The Longman Anthology of World Literature. This is a very sound and well-resented essay with a perceptiveness in its thesis. There are a few glitches in some of the sentences, but not enough to detract for the overall impression of intelligent commentary. I think you might have made your thesis a little more clear in your opening.
For instance, you might have said: It is this secret Nora who emerges in the end, ready to openly seek an independent life where her attributes needn't be concealed.
Again, some fine thinking through the implications of the play and a clear exposition. This is a good example of an A paper. I would probably give it in the vicinity of a This is a good, clear opening.
As is, you are describing the story. You might close with a kind of thesis statement to indicate what you are going to do with theis information.APA Citation. Ibsen, H. (). A doll's house (Dover Thrift Edition.). New York: Dover Publicatins.
Chicago Style Citation. Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll's srmvision.com A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen () Dealing with References Search this Guide Search. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen (): Dealing with References.
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