Essay about Analysis Of Henrik Ibsen ‘s ‘ A Doll ‘s House ‘

Henrik Ibsen’s screenplay A Doll’s House is a tantalizing story between a married couple and their lives during the 19th century; an era which for woman was highly oppressed, period in time where men ruled the household as business, whereas their wife played the docile obedient lady of the home. Therefor they followed their husbands and fathers implicitly until Nora. Nora sets the stage of her life, starting in her father’s home; she is a stage onto herself. According to Ibsen; little secrets told not only to ourselves but to those around us, find a way to resurface. The ability to understand changes as life’s little secret unfold their true meaning is found in A Doll’s House being played out with Nora learning the art of manipulation of lies.

In a world where life is based on the man’s worth, every day is a test. Ibsen’s spotlight on everyday matters of a married couple delivers a test of fortitude; marriage, love, life and how this dance is perform daily. Torvald’s happiness is dependent on order; “Home-life ceases to be free and beautiful as soon as it is founded on borrowing and debt,” (Act I 4) these spoken words focus on borrowing and debt, but are easily replaced with “chaos and willfulness” without change to the meaning. While Torvald carries his own set of secrets such as what the ideal home, wife, and mother means; Nora fulfills his minds play of a doll, placing her where he wishes and manipulates her with playful words of “my squirrel”, “my little lark”, and “my little spendthrift.” These spirited gibes are meant to keep her in place, as the obedient wife. Unknowingly at first Nora plays her roll well; bouncing playfully along with Torvald’s pet names given that she has an agenda of her own, little secrets.

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…ressively Ibsen’s suggestions are lines of double meaning and the game of manipulation between Nora and those surrounding her.

“[S]he made a great success, and that’s the main thing.” (Act III 95) Little did Torvald know while speaking those words, the true meaning is yet to be seen. Ibsen hints are not so invisible anymore nor are his double meanings; the mystery within, Nora the enigma. Expectation of certain behaviors of women during this era left few choices for them when life pitched a strikeout game; upheaval was neither tolerated nor received. This lack of individuality is best communicated when Nora and Torvald sit as equals for their first real two way conversation, within their eight years together. Her secrets, the ones she told others, left Ibsen audience to believe this was the story. In reality Nora’s true lies, lays in those she kept telling herself.

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