Henrik Ibsen’S Play, “A Doll’S House”, Follows The Life

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Henrik Ibsen’s play, “A Doll’s House”, follows the life and struggles of a married couple in the 19th-century. The play encompasses elements like the sacrificial role of women and gender roles that are still prevalent and pertinent in society today. In the play, Nora Helmer, the leading female character, goes to immeasurable lengths to find purpose in her life for the family she has devoted herself to. The characteristics that Mrs. Helmer embodies and the experiences she undergoes in the play, morph her into the hero of Ibsen’s piece and help convey the themes. In literature, an archetype is a typical character, action, or situation that represents universal truths of human nature. In this case, Mrs. Helmer is considered to be the hero of…show more content…
Helmer sought out a loan from a friend at the bank to pay the medical expenses in Italy for the gravely ill Mr. Helmer, unbeknownst to him. Mrs. Helmer had told her husband that she obtained the money from her father, however, Mr. Helmer was never able to question her motives, because Mrs. Helmer’s father died soon after. Mrs. Helmer’s devotion to her family encouraged her to lie to her husband so that he would accept the money; if he’d known she had obtained a loan and was paying it off utilizing money she made working on small projects, he would have felt as the inferior spouse and would have not taken the money for his necessary treatment. Without a doubt, Mrs. Helmer saved her husband’s life, however, not even this gesture suffices Mr. Helmer’s expectations of his wife and he belittles and insults her, not considering the efforts and sacrifices his wife faced for his health. Mrs. Helmer confides in Mrs. Linde, a longtime friend, and tells her the secret she has kept from her husband, “Nora: Come over here Yes, Christina- I, too, have something to be proud and glad of. I saved Torvald 's life. Mrs. Linde: Saved his life? How? Nora: I told you about our going to Italy. Torvald would have died but for that. Mrs. Linde: Well- and your father gave you the money. Nora: Yes, so Torvald and every one believes; but- Papa didn 't give us one penny. It was I that found the money. Twelve hundred dollars. Four thousand eight hundred crowns. What do you say to
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