Henrik Isben's A Doll's House Essay

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After she reveals the "dastardly deed" to her husband, he becomes understandably agitated; in his frustration he shares the outside world with her, the ignorance of the serious business world, and destroys her innocence and self-esteem. This disillusion marks the final destructive blow to her doll's house. Their ideal home including their marriage and parenting has been a fabrication for the sake of society. Nora's decision to leave this false life behind and discover for herself what is real is directly symbolic of woman's ultimate realization. Although she becomes aware of her supposed subordinateness, it is not because of this that she has the desire to take action. Nora is utterly confused, as suggested by Harold Clurman,…show more content…
The "Tarantella" scenes and ideas related to this dance in the play help the reader to understand the need for women to develop as individuals, without having to deal with the restraints created by men. In the play, Nora's life is manipulated by her husband, a powerful man in society as well as in his own household. Evidence of this domination can be found in the scene in which Nora asks Helmer to assist her in practicing the "Tarantella" in order to keep him from reading his mail. Helmer's language connotations hint at his desire to control his wife. For example, he says to Nora as she dances out of control, "Not so violent!" (1100). His use of the word "violent" allows for the reader's association of this word to violent relationships (those in which the male dominates and controls his wife by violently attacking her). Helmer also says to Nora, "You dance as if your life were at stake" (1100). This statement is full of irony, as the Tarantella is also known as the "dance of death," which implies that Nora is dancing for her life because staying at home, under the restrictions enforced by her husband, would symbolically be death for her.
Another way in which the Tarantella is expressed as a "dance of life" for Nora is through her husband's control over what costume she must wear and the symbols the costume
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