Analysis of Doll House Play Essay

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Mrs. Mary Rorke English 102 1st Nov. 2005 "A Doll House" A critical Analysis When Nora slammed the door shut in her doll's house in 1879, her message sent shockwaves around the world that persist to this day. "I must stand quite alone", Nora declared after finding out that her ideal of life was just a imagination of her and that all her life had been build up by others people's, specifically her husband and her dad ideas, opinions and tastes. Nora is the pampered wife of an aspiring bank manager Torvald Halmer. In a desperate attempt to saves her husband's life Nora once asked for a loan so she and her family could move somewhere where her husband could recover from his sickness. Giving the circumstances she,…show more content…
Torvald sees Nora's only as being his wife and the mother of this children. He refers to Nora as "my doll", "my little lark" or "songbird". To him Nora is only a possession. Both Nora and Torvald as a couple are living illusionary lives and as the title suggest, they are living in an "A Doll's House" where everything should be perfect. For Nora the perfect stands for the Wonderful and it have to do with all commodities that money could buy. For Torvald perfect stands for loyalty and good morality. However as Johnston asserts, Ibsen show the cruel truth that human nature and human being is a more complex and has different variant than that of the Helmers's perfect world. Ibsen with this drama forces the "self-examination of each household" (137). So both Nora and Torvald "must learn that guilt and sorrow are inextricable built within the reality they share with the rest of the humanity". (138) However the fact that it was supposed to be a couple's examination by the end of the play we have seen that Nora was the only one who learns that life is not perfect, which makes her as a dynamic character. This change came as a surprise and for some critics of his period the play is "illogic as a whole or in its detail more feeble or commonplace" (Mayer, 35). Moreover the critics took the surprise ending as a standard to claim the invalidly and ineffectiveness of the play and its theme. (Templeton, 114). However,
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