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The Play “A Doll’s House”

In many literary works, there are characters in which portray both similarities and differences. In the Play “A Doll’s House,” by Henrik Ibsen, two of the characters have many oppositions and congruencies. These characters go by the names of Nora Helmer and Mrs. Linde. Ibsen characterizes these women by describing their comparable and contrasting personalities. He does this by describing their financial situations as well as their family lives. He describes these women, as opposites while in fact there are some distinct similarities. They share many of the same values and goals.

Both Nora and Mrs. Linde are strong women with a weak exterior. Nora is described as a fragile woman that has been spoiled throughout her lifetime. The men in her life, her father and husband, have taken the roll of the authority figures. Nora is accustomed to relying on men to support and pamper her. She never has a care in the world. Though she appears to be content, in her heart she is not happy. She feels the urge to be set free to live her life the way she wants to, not they way her male authorities tell her to. A childhood friend of Nora’s, Mrs. Linde, shares many of the same qualities.

Both women have been having recent financial problems. Nora even mentions that she had to find a job as well as Mrs. Linde. She states, “Yes; odds and ends, needlework, crochet-work, embroidery, and that kind of thing (Ibsen 360). ” She says this as if she is disgusted by the fact that she must work to survive. Her husband gives her the idea that he is there to provide for her. Mrs. Linde’s husband had passed away three years before and unfortunately left her without a dime. From this cause, Mrs. Linde had the same burdensome experience that Nora had to face.

The two characters also have the characteristic of the desire for independence. While Nora found a way to “save her husband’s life,” by taking him to rest in the south, Mrs. Linde had to take over the responsibilities of running a household. These women must have had a horrible time surviving since they were both so dependent on their husbands. Another similarity is that Nora and Mrs. Linde appeared to be significantly weak, when inside they were stronger than their husbands were described to be. Nora demonstrates this at the end of the play when she decides to leave her family and “grow up.

Although Nora and Mrs. Linde share similarities, they also share many differences in their personalities. Even though the two women grew up in the same neighborhood, Nora’s family was substantially wealthier than Mrs. Linde’s was. Nora had always been pampered and waited on hand and foot. Mrs. Linde had to concentrate on raising her two younger brothers because her mother had grown very ill and had passed away. Even now that Nora has three children of her own, she still does not have a sense of responsibility. The woman that raised her (Anne-Marie) is now raising her children.

Mrs. Linde, on the other hand, has no children, but had to support two younger brothers until they were old enough to support themselves. In the sense of responsibility they differ greatly. Also, Nora is more on the self-centered side, while Mrs. Linde is caring and an excellent listener. Mrs. Linde illustrates her tolerance and patience for listening at the beginning of the play when Nora boasts about how much money she and her husband now have. Nora brags, “Just fancy, my husband has been made manager of the bank. It will be splendid to have heaps of money and not need to have any anxiety, won’t it?

Nora failed to realize that her friend is going through a difficult period in her life and did not have a good financial situation. Thus, showing Nora’s selfishness and Mrs. Linde’s benevolent qualities. Nora Helmer and Mrs. Linde are characters of numerous capabilities. While they both share the qualities of strength and unhappiness, they also differ considerably. Mrs. Linde shows a sense of responsibility and ambition, but Nora does not know the meaning of the word responsibility nor does she have any ambition. She finally realizes this at the end of the play when she decides to leave and mature enough to handle life’s challenges.

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The play, A Doll’s House

Ibsen is a writer that uses literature to channel entertainment and express himself throughout the play, A Dolls House. He wrote the play during the transition from mythical and historical dramas to plays dealing with social problems. At the time that Ibsen wrote A Dolls House, the later 1800s, society has created a niche for the woman as a housewife and social partner, lacking emphasis on love. This controversial play features a female protagonist seeking her individuality through realizations and challenging her comfort zone.

Isben, through Nora and her personality, depicts the role of women ot as the usual comforter, helper, and supporter of man, but introduced woman as having her own purposes and goals. The heroine, Nora, progresses during the course of the play eventually to realize that she must discontinue the role of a doll and seek out her individuality. Definite characteristics of womans subordinate role in a relationship are emphasized through Nora’s contradicting actions. As a person, she enjoys making Torvald happy, but will not follow his guidelines.

Her infatuation with luxuries like expensive Christmas gifts ontradicts her resourcefulness in scrounging and buying cheap clothing. Also, her defiance of Torvald by eating forbidden Macaroons contradicts the submission of her opinions, including the decision of which dance outfit to wear, to her husband; and Nora’s flirtatious nature contradicts her devotion to her husband. This sheds light to the characteristics of a dependent woman. It seems at this time women marry for tradition, money, safety, and love.

Ibsen attracts the readers attention to these examples to show the general subordinate role that a woman plays compared to that of her husband. It can be suggested that women have the power to choose which rules to follow at home, but not in the business world, thus again indicating her willingness to be subservient. Nora does not at first realize that the rules outside the household apply to her. This is evident in Nora’s meeting with Krogstad regarding her borrowed money. In her opinion it was no crime for a woman to do everything possible to save her husband’s life.

She also believes that her act will be overlooked because she is used to dealing with a flexible and predictable Torvald, rather than the law. She doesnt see hat the law does not take into account the motivation behind her forgery. Ibsen uses Noras traits to bluntly portray the women in society as in a position of needed change. Her first encounter with rules outside of her “doll’s house” results in the realization of her inexperience with the real world due to her subordinate role in society and Ibsen sparks the thought of change.

A Doll’s House” is also a prediction of change from this subordinate roll. Ibsen foreshadows as well as promotes the change women will eventually make to progress and understand their position. She needs to be more of a olemodel for her children. It was seen that Nora didnt think she was fit to mother them. From this point, when Torvald is making a speech about the effects of a deceitful mother, until the final scene, Nora progressively confronts the realities of the real world and realizes her subordinate position.

From this point, progressively understanding this position, she still clings to the hope that her husband will come to her protection and defend her from the outside world once her crime is out in the open. After she reveals the “dastardly deed” to her husband, he becomes understandably agitated; in his rustration 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 product 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 way of being subservient is not because of this that she has the desire to take action. Nora is utterly confused and anxious as seen in, She is roping sadly in a maze of confused feeling toward a way of life and a destiny of which she is most uncertain (256).

The one thing she is aware of is her ignorance, and her desire to go out into the world is not to “prove herself” but to discover and educate herself. Isben wants her to strive to find her individuality. This gives her more struggles to face and over come to gain wisdom. Ibsen, through this controversial play, has an impact upon society’s view of the subordinate position of women. By describing this role of woman, discussing its effects, and predicting a change in contemporary views, he tressed the importance of woman’s realization of this believed inferiority.

Woman should no longer be seen as the shadow of man, but a person in herself, with her own triumphs and tragedies. The exploration of Nora reveals that she is dependant upon her husband and displays no independent standing. Her progression of understanding suggests woman’s future ability to comprehend their plight. Her state of shocked awareness at the end of the play is like the awakening of society to the changing view of the role of woman. Through, “A Doll’s House” Isben magnificently illustrates the need for and a prediction of this change.

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