A Dolls House: Nora Essay

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AN ANALYSIS OF NORA, THE MEN IN HER LIFE,
AND HER NAVIGATATION TO INDEPENDENCE

     The play, A Doll House, written by Henrik Ibsen in 1879, is considered a landmark in drama for its portrayal of realistic people, places, and situations. Ibsen confines his story to the middle class. He writes of a society that is limited not only by its means of livelihood but also its outlook. Ibsen portrays his characters as preoccupied with work and money, showing a reduction of values in and that lack of quality persons with morals. Ibsen takes this realistic story and invests it with universal significance. Wrapped up in the technique of this well constructed play, Ibsen is masterful in his presentation of not
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Nora develops her potential as a true mature person with the experience and knowledge that she has a longer journey ahead of her.
     A Doll House makes extensive use of the father's name, and the father figure. Ibsen subtly unravels the family as a male dominated society almost fatally preoccupied with its own masculine image while trapping those who would believe in the myth. A Doll House utilizes the father as a complex metaphor for a larger social problem which constrains both men and women. Nora's persona and her developing maturity are completely controlled and motivated by, her father’s name, Torvald, and Dr. Rank: the father-figures in her life.       The opening scenes of A Doll House focus on Torvald and Nora Helmer preparing for Christmas with the children. The family's economic problems establish
Nora’s pending conflict, along with Torvald's position of authority. This comes both from his economic dominance and from his (and Nora's) belief in his superiority. He rules Nora and his children like a parody of a God. He creates and subjugates through the animal names, "lark," and "squirrel," when he addresses Nora. For example:
          Is that my little lark twittering out there? / Is that my squirrel
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