Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll 's House

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In A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, the roles of masculinity and femininity as apparent in Nora Helmer and Torvald Helmer appear, though in a way one would not expect-- Nora being masculine and Torvald being feminine. Throughout the play, Nora is portrayed as defying societal standards of the Victorian Era, the time period which lasted from 1837-1941, by doing things that were not accepted by many people at the time, especially when she abandons Torvald at the end of the piece (BBC). From this, more masculine traits are presented in her characterization. In contrast, Torvald presents more feminine traits, especially proven by the aforementioned final scene, as he then realized how much he had relied on Nora for self-confirmation and his happiness. This is, additionally, present in Torvald’s use of pet names for Nora and treating her like a child, as a mother would to her child. In A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, the roles that Nora Helmer and Torvald Helmer are expected to appear as on the surface to fit into in a Victorian Society are challenged by Nora being more masculine, presenting traits like rebellion and independence and Torvald being more feminine such as being dependent on Nora and motherly. Primarily, Nora is portrayed as being rebellious, which is typically described as a more masculine trait. The play revolves around Nora’s revelry, as it shows her not depending on any person other than herself. Without forms of rebellion within Nora, she would be a very

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