A Doll's House Character Analysis

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Title “ As I am now, I am no wife for you”(Ibsen 887) This statement is from Henrik Ibsen’s play, A Doll House, is a play based in 1879, and it sets the tone of the remainder of the story. Ibsen seems to be making a statement that women need to mature and be independent before they have a family of their own. All of the women in this play leave their loved ones behind to gain their independence. Ibsen’s statement and character portrayal helps make Ibsen’s play take on feminist characteristics. Ibsen’s play shows that women must mature and be independent before they are ready to have a family. This is exemplified through Nora, minor characters such as Krogstad’s wife and the Nurse, and Christine. With this being one of the major themes…show more content…
This quote helps Ibsen make statement that women need to be mature and independent before having a family of their own. Nora, ultimately, ends up packing her bags and leaving her loved ones behind to become her own independent woman. Nora states, “ I can no longer content myself with what people say, or with what is found in books. I must think over things for myself and get to understand them”(885). Nora leaving her family to start this process of maturing and gain independence begins to take hold. At the end of the play Ibsen again emphasizes that Nora as she is now she is not the wife for Torvald or a mother to her children (Ibsen 887). She says, “ Good-bye, Torvald. I won’t see the little ones. I know they are in better hands than mine. As I am now, I can be no use to them” (Ibsen 887). This, once again, a statement that women need to mature and be independent before they are ready for a family of their own. Nora is a prime example of this as she leaves her husband and children behind to begin this process. Even the minor female characters seem to show the same pattern. Although we do not learn much of their background stories, the female characters all seem to leave loved ones behind to better themselves. This can be represented by Krogstad’s wife and the nurse, Anne. Although there isn’t any background on the reasons Krogstad’s wife left, the pattern of women leaving loved ones behind to be or become independent seems to be a common
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