A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen

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“Forgery. Do you have any idea what that means” (1745), Torvald questions his wife Nora in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House (1879). In this play, Henrik Ibsen features individuals struggling for an authentic identity. The story focuses on an unspoken matter. Nora Helmer secretly borrowed a large sum of money for the sake of her husband’s, Torvald Helmer’s, life. Nora has never revealed the loan to Torvald and has been privately paying it off with her household allowance. When Torvald is appointed as bank director, his first act is to dismiss a man who was once disgraced for forging his signature on a document. That man happens to be Nils Krogstad, the person from whom Nora borrowed the large sum of money from. It is then revealed that she forged her father’s signature in order to get the money. Krogstad threatens to reveal Nora’s crime if she does not convince her husband to not fire him. Nora attempts to influence her husband, but Torvald continues with his deed. When Torvald discovers the crime Nora committed, he is ready to disclaim her even though the loan was for his sake. When all is brought to light, Nora realizes Torvald is not worth her love and she walks out on him. Henrik Ibsen uses symbolic elements in A Doll House (1879) not only to impart an additional layer of meaning to his writing, but as a means of character-revelation. The title A Doll House itself is an example of symbolism. A doll is portrayed as a woman without any will or mind of her own and a doll house
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