Analysis Of Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll House

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A minor lie here and there is considered by most to be harmless, but when one engages in habitual lying, it can transform minor lies such as white lies into something more dangerous. When one works to conceal a lie, a cloud of deception hangs over those involved and can lead to the destruction of friendships, relationships, and even marriages. In Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House, he uses the motif of lies and deception to illustrate the fragileness of the Helmer’s marriage, which ultimately leads to its demise.

Nora Helmer, a naïve woman who has never been given the chance to mature into an independent woman, never reveals to her husband that she forged her father’s signature in order to take out a loan. Therefore, she goes to great length to conceal her crime from her misogynistic husband, such as trying to thwart Krogstad’s decision to send Torvald a letter outlining his wife’s misdeed. Initially, Nora did not fully comprehend the gravity of her misdeed. During her conversation with Krogstad, to whom she indebted, Krogstad admits to Nora that he is aware of her forgery and also informs her that he was ostracized for the same crime. The law did not take into consideration Krogstad’s motivations behind his forgery; it was only concerned with the fact that a law was broken. Nora states “then it [the law] must be very foolish”. Her ignorance of the law, and other worldly matters, prevents her from understanding that the law does not care about why one committed a crime, only
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