A Doll House Essay

1067 words - 5 pages

November 8, 2012
“A Doll House”
“A Doll House” was written by Henrik Ibsen in 1879. In this play, there are a couple of themes that are apparent. Theme is defined as the universal truth the author seeks to illuminate through the work; the "moral" of the story. The first theme that I would like to shed some light on is the obligations parents have as being a parent. As a parent, you have the obligation to be honest with your children. Another theme that takes place in this play is the misleading of appearances. In the beginning of the play, I thought of Nora as a silly woman, but as the play moves forward, she is portrayed as intelligent. The last theme that is obvious is the role ...view middle of the document...

Torvald, although he is a strong husband, I feel the play reveals him to be cowardly, petty, and selfish when he fears that Krogstad may expose him to scandal. Krogstad also reveals himself to be a much more sympathetic character than he first appears to be.
Situations are misinterpreted both by the reader and by the characters. The hatred between Mrs. Linde and Krogstad turns out to be love. Nora’s creditor turns out to be Krogstad and not Dr. Rank like I assumed it to be. Dr. Rank, to Nora’s and my surprise, confesses his love to her. The seemingly evil Krogstad returns Nora’s contract to her, while the appearance of Mrs. Linde seems to be kindhearted ceases to help Nora and forces Torvald to discover Nora’s secret. When Mrs. Linde finds out Nora’s loan is from Krogstad she does not help Nora keep it a secret, Mrs. Linde helps Torvald to discover Nora’s deception by telling Krogstad to leave the letter in the mailbox (1141).
The misleading appearances within the Helmer household, at the end of the play result from Torvald’s devotion to an image of true happiness. This is because Torvald craves respect from his employees, friends, and wife; status and image are important to him. Any disrespect when Nora calls him petty and when Krogstad calls him by his first name, for example, angers Torvald greatly. By the end of the play, we see that Torvald’s obsession with controlling his home’s appearance and his repeated suppression of reality have harmed his family and his happiness.
In “A Doll House”, Ibsen paints a picture of the sacrificial role held by women of all economic classes in society. In general, the play’s female characters illustrate Nora’s assertion that even though men refuse to sacrifice their integrity, “hundreds of thousands of women have.” In order to support her mother and two brothers, Mrs. Linde found it necessary to abandon Krogstad, her true but poor love, and...

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