Nora's Child-like Nature in A Doll's House Essay

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From the title alone, Henrik Ibsen’s, A Doll’s House, carries an adolescent connotation, with dolls holding immediate association with young girls and youth. In this controversial playwright, Ibsen portrays his Danish protagonist as an ignorant juvenile. Set in Copenhagen, Denmark, during the 1880’s, Nora’s childlike character suggests what the lifestyle of many women during that time may have been. Ibsen reveals Nora’s innate, childlike nature incorporating strategic set placement and direction, significant symbols, an array of revealing dialogue, and elaborate description, healthy in detail. Ibsen creates a setting that traps Nora in domestic comfort. The play opens with a description of the setting, detailing it as “A room furnished…show more content…
From the title alone, Henrik Ibsen’s, A Doll’s House, carries an adolescent connotation, with dolls holding immediate association with young girls and youth. In this controversial playwright, Ibsen portrays his Danish protagonist as an ignorant juvenile. Set in Copenhagen, Denmark, during the 1880’s, Nora’s childlike character suggests what the lifestyle of many women during that time may have been. Ibsen reveals Nora’s innate, childlike nature incorporating strategic set placement and direction, significant symbols, an array of revealing dialogue, and elaborate description, healthy in detail. Ibsen creates a setting that traps Nora in domestic comfort. The play opens with a description of the setting, detailing it as “A room furnished comfortably” (Doll’s 1). The majority of the play takes place in this one room. With Nora confined to this room until the last few scenes of the play, the idea of restrictions emerges. Although Nora could just simply be in confinement because of her gender, she contains not much more power or significance than that of the children; this not only puts her on a subordinate level in relation to her relationship with Torvald, but equates her to that of a child. Ibsen reveals both Nora’s literal and symbolic restrictions not only through setting but through Torvald’s direction. While waiting on Dr. Rank, Torvald instructs Nora to send Dr. Rank to his office (1), never to enter Torvald’s office herself. Further direction, from Ibsen instead of
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