A Doll’s House by Henrik Isben Essay

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A Doll’s House by Henrik Isben

A Doll’s House by Henrik Isben is about a young woman and her life. The main characters name is Nora Helmer. She is married to a bank manager named Trovald. In the early years of their marriage just after their first child Trovald becomes ill. Doctors say that he will not live unless he goes abroad immediately. Nora takes it upon herself and borrows two hundred and fifty pounds from a money leader named Krogstad. She was dishonest with Trovald and said her father gave it to her. It was illegal because she forged her dying fathers signature on the document. Nora Helmer in a A Doll’s House is a women ahead of her time. In order to protect her children from a false life, she inflicts tragedy upon herself by
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The climax of the play happens when Torvald does read the first letter Krogstad sent Nora questions (possibly for the first time), and Torvald's reaction is inappropriate. He treats her with no respect, calls her a liar and is ready to throw their whole marriage away just because his name might be hurt. He refuses to help her in any way, which shows that their marriage really didn't mean anything much. "What a horrible awakening! All these eight years – she who was my joy and pride – a hypocrite, a liar – worse, worse – a criminal! The unutterable ugliness of it all! For shame! For shame!” (35). When the second letter came and he found out that his name was saved, he acts as nothing just happened between the two of them and everything was back to normal. “Try and calm yourself and make your mind easy again, my frightened little singing bird. Be at rest and feel secure; I have broad wings to shelter you under. How warm and cosy our home is, Nora. Here is shelter for you… Tomorrow morning you will look upon it all quite differently; soon everything will be just as it was before” (42). Nora realizes that here is a problem still. By waiting until after he discovers that his social status will suffer no harm, Torvald reveals his true feelings, which put appearance, both social and physical, ahead of the wife whom he says he loves. Torvald tries to rekindle Nora's slave sprit in an effort to validate him and to reestablish his dominance over his environment

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