A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

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Since the beginning of modern history, humans have been living in a patriarchal society. While men went out and worked, women were typically confined to the home. In the first scene of A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, the narrator introduced the protagonist, Nora, and her husband, Torvald. Torvald and Nora were the stereotypical nineteenth-century couple. While Torvald worked at a bank, Nora was at home, caring for the household. The play took place around Christmastime, and the Helmers were shown to be preparing for the upcoming festivities. The household was bustling with joy as they celebrated Torvald’s new job promotion. As the plot thickens, numerous symbols were presented throughout the play. Three major symbols present within the play were macaroons, nicknames, and New Year’s Day. While macaroons represented Nora’s desire for independence, Torvald’s nicknames for Nora represented the couple’s relationship. Lastly, New Year’s Day symbolized a new start for both Nora and Torvald. In Nora and Torvalds’s dialogues, it is evident that Nora is the obedient housewife while Torvald is the overbearing husband. In the beginning of the play, Torvald is questioned Nora’s control of her sweet tooth, asking her whether or not she has been eating sweets. Unsurprisingly, Nora denied eating sweets. However, in a later scene, Nora was seen nibbling on a macaroon. When Nora chose to eat the macaroons, she immediately defied her husband’s wishes. Torvald forbids his wife from eating
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