A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

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At the end of Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, protagonist Nora exiles herself from her home. She leaves her controlled environment, husband, and children to find her own identity. Nora’s relationship with her husband, her own morals, and assumed roles in society are factors that led her to her decision. In the beginning of the play, the author makes Nora seem like the antagonist, characterizing her as a spendthrift and a flirtatious person when asking for money. On the other hand, Torvald seems to be a loving and caring person. In one of their interactions, after refusing to give his wife money, Torvald says, “Come, Come my little skylark must not droop her wings. What is this! Is my little squirrel out of temper?”…show more content…
After Torvald asks his question, Nora quickly responds, refusing to acknowledge that she ate a macaroon, like how a child would. Since Nora is always treated like a child, she ends up getting used to it and plays her role as Torvald’s “child.” This in turn reveals that because of the way Torvald treats Nora, she can’t think for herself. The many times she had to undergo Torvald’s treatment makes her realize that she never really had to chance to do something she wanted. All her actions were led by her husband’s order and desires. This influences Nora to make the decision to exile herself from her home to have a chance to gain her own identity. Another thing that influences Nora to decide to leave her home is when she finds out that the love she gave Torvald was not returned. After Torvald reads the letter from Krogstad, he calls Nora a hypocrite, a liar, a criminal, and a thoughtless woman. Just because Nora did one bad thing out of their eight years of marriage, her husband turns his back on her. The act she did, forging a signature to borrow money, was to save Torvald’s life and he didn’t even appreciate it. All he did was blame her for doing things that would ruin his reputation and would put him in the hands of Krogstad. Because this happened, Nora realizes that their marriage was only happy and perfect on the outside. Torvald never truly loved her, she was only someone he could
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