A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

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Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll 's House is a work of literature genius. This three-act play involves many literary technics that are undermined by the average reader such as the fact that the plot shows the main characters Torvald and his wife Nora live the "perfect life." An ironic paradox based around the fact that Nora and Torvald’s relationship is the complete opposite of perfect. Also, bringing upon a conflict as well, appearance versus reality. These little hidden meanings within stories are what are undermined such as foils, characters that are used to develop a character further. Such as Torvald Helmer for Nils Krogstad and Nora Helmer also for Nils Krogstad. These foils help in showing the theme, the sacrificial roles of women. By…show more content…
On the other hand, Krogstad goes completely irrational, begins committing a crime and blackmailing Nora instead of taking rational routes. Although Krogstad uses blackmail as a way to keep his job it still was not a sound way to handle his stresses. Another difference and quite the obvious is how each of them treats women. Torvald treats Nora like a possession rather than a partner, feeling like she is entitled to him. On the other hand, Krogstad lost his previous wife, the mother of his children. Then Linde comes and gets him to divert his anger away from Nora, stops the blackmail, and gains a lover. Krogstad changes his view on everything incredibly fast with the introduction of his and Linde 's new love. Krogstad, as the listener knows that he is selfish but does not want to be thrown into the pit of debt he once was and in spite of rage does not seem to care about the consequences of his actions. Nora, on the other hand, cannot go to Torvald and inform him of the terrible things that Krogstad is committing. However, later in the play Torvald opens a blackmail letter from Krogstad to Nora and learns everything, the debt, the consistent blackmail, and the secrets. This where Torvald’s selfishness peaks. His actions drive Nora to leave, the last of the play has Torvald saying this, "Nora! Nora! Empty! She is gone. The most wonderful thing of all." (Ibsen) Here again, we see Torvald somewhat looking at Nora like a doll.

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