Society's Expectations: In the Play The Doll´s House Essay

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Society’s Expectations As act I of “A Doll’s House” begins, the scene is set to impress the audience “with vivid descriptions of a room “furnished with taste, but nothing too extravagant”. (Ibsen) The first to enter is Nora. Nora walks in with her arms full of bags after shopping, and her husband, Torvald calls from another room to make sure it is her he hears coming through the door. Torvald sets limits on Nora’s spending; he treats her as both a child and a doll. The way in which the characters in the play treat, and react to one another, shows the selfish intentions in which the expectations of society hold of them. The character of Nora’s father was only spoken about throughout the play, but introduced a view of her past and …show more content…

After having used Krogstad to get what she needed, yet another issue arose. Krogstad turned on Nora once his position at the bank was on the line, and used her borrowing against her for his own good. “Niles Krogstad is also Mrs. Linde’s former crush, and he tries to redeem himself of his crimes of forgery by raising his children” (Rosefeldt). Mrs. Linde married her late husband, because he was “well off” at the time, and she needed to take care of her mother and two brothers. She tells Nora “I don’t think I was justified in refusing his offer” (of marriage) (Rosefeldt). It is unclear why her late husband offered a proposal to her, but her actions can be thought of as beneficial to herself, as well as pleasing to him. He wanted a wife, and she needed money. Society plays a role in her character as well. It was expected of the male gender to “take care of” the woman, only this included the needs of her family as well. “Christine then offered to help Nora escape her troubles with Krogstad by marrying him (Benedict). Because she did have eyes for him earlier in her life, her intentions seem selfless, but again not for true reasons. In the end, each character has played a role based on the expectations society creates. The men and women all have their own ways of manipulating one another. “The woman is judged by society under the man’s law (Rosefeldt).” Society’s expectations of woman back

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