Price of Freedom in Ibsen's A Doll's House Essay

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The Price of Freedom in A Doll's House

Freedom is something that people in all times, places, and experiences have sought after, often against great odds and at a great personal cost. But, in the struggle for freedom, every person gains a sense of true self, if they believe that the freedom which they are fighting for is just. In almost all plays, every character has something threatened which is important to them and which they consider worth fighting for. In Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll House, every character suffers a disaster or mistake which causes them to lose some of their freedoms. However, in the quest to regain their freedoms, every character in a way gains more freedom than they thought possible. Nora suffers the
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Excluded from meaning anything, Nora has never been subject, only object" (Johnston).

She came to the realization that she had never really lived life for herself; she lived vicariously through others. She had everything the way she thought she wanted it to be and everything was just the way she thought that it should be. However, she dared to go outside the normal bounds of socially acceptable things for women to do when she went and got a loan from Krogstad so that they could travel south to Italy in order to save Torvold's life. She loved him with a passion so intense that she never considered what she was doing to be wrong.

"When a woman loves as Nora loves, nothing else matters; least of all,

social, legal or moral considerations. Therefore, when her husband's

life is threatened, it is no effort, it is a joy for Nora to forge her father's

name to a note and borrow 800 cronen on it, in order to take her sick

husband to Italy" (Goldman).

She loved him so much, or rather she thought she loved him so much that she was willing to risk her reputation and that of her family in order to save him. She didn't realize that she was going to end up losing her freedom in order to save his life. In the process of trying to pay back the debt, she had to give up all of the little luxuries that she was accustomed to and she even had to give up a fair amount
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