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A Doll's House Portrayal Of What Constitutes A Healthy Marriage

1511 words - 7 pages

Daniel Mariano
A Doll’s House

Henrik Ibsen’s play, A Doll’s House, was a “challenging” play as it evoked marriage and what was acceptable within it given the time period it was written. In the modern day, the play serves as sort of a guide of what not to do in a relationship. This is because it dances with what love is, what marriage is, and what comprises a healthy marriage. In the play, the two female protagonists, Nora and Mrs. Linde, both have different reasons for their respective marriages. While their reasons were probably normal at the time, Ibsen contrasts their relationships with their failing marriages while using appearance vs. reality to highlight this. Ibsen’s play suggests ...view middle of the document...

The normal thing to do, today, would be to communicate with each other but, knowing this is what is expected of her, she cannot. Even when she does try talking to him about it by calling him narrow-minded, he not only defines narrow-mindedness by immediately sending a letter to Krogstead she was begging him not to but also ironically replies that he is not narrow-minded. There are obviously many problems in their marriage.

The biggest problem between them is a secret. A few years before the play’s time, Nora borrowed money from a loan shark. Because of the time period, women had to have a man sign off on a loan. Torvald was quite sick, as was her father, and the doctors told her she must take a vacation with him. At the time, they had no money and honest Torvald is not the type of person to neither ask others for money nor go to the bank seeking a loan. For Nora to get a loan, a responsible man would have to sign off along with her. As she had nobody to ask, she forged her father’s signature. She got the money and went south with Torvald for close to a year for him to recuperate. Upon their arrival back to Norway, Torvald was ready to work, and work he did. At this point in the play he will be getting a major promotion. He is taking the manager’s position at the bank. The problem is that Krogstead, the loan shark who lent nora the money for her trip and has been charging her a high interest rate that she has been diligently paying on a monthly basis, is going to be fired by her husband as he will be the manager and does not like Krogstead one bit. The reason he has for firing Krogstead goes along perfectly with his character. He will fire him because he speaks to him informally, as they were childhood friends. This secret will and does lead to her demise. What Ibsen is showing us with this is that women had no place in this world, as they couldn’t get a loan, and marriage partners could neither share things or information nor be honest with each other. The secret serves as a time bomb for the characters. As soon as it is revealed, everything will become a disaster. Fortunately, Nora, Krogstead, and Mrs. Linde are the only ones who know about this. Nora especially knows that the revelation of this secret will ruin Nora and Torvald’s marriage. Mrs. Linde does not seem to think so.

Mrs. Linde is the only rational person in the play. She has recently become a widow and this seems to be the reason why she is the only one that can be logical. Mrs. Linde thinks that Nora should tell Torvald about the loan. While in the modern world this seems like a very normal thing to do, in Norway during the 18th century Torvald would be furious. Mrs. Linde rationally thinks that Torvald should know so that there will be no secrets between them in their marriage and they can be an actual couple. Mrs. Linde also has an obscure past life. She married a man for his money but he passed away and left her with nothing. She tells Nora she has come to the city...

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