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Nora in a Doll’s House

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In the Victorian age many woman were thought of as mere objects. Most

woman has no real social status and were not allowed to express themselves

freely. A Doll's House, a play by Henrik Ibsen, has brought controversy to the

conclusion in which Nora leaves her family. Nora perceived in many different

ways is the catalyst that forces Nora to leave her family. Many people had

found it difficult to understand how Nora could dessert her husband and children.

In the Victorian Age it was not only unheard of to walk out on your loved ones

but unethical as well. There are many incidents that inch by inch helps Nora

come to the conclusion that she must leave her home and family. As Nora states "

My first duty is to myself" (Ibsen 68 ). Her husband, Torvald, treats Nora more

as a possession then an equal partner. He uses, manipulates and molds her to

fit perfectly into his facade. Krogstad, a morally diseased man who works for

Torvald, also uses Nora to gain a higher position at work. He believes herto be

an easy target for blackmail. Nora's best childhood friend, Christine Linde,

helps her realize that a woman can think, act and live independently for herself.

As Nora realizes that she must find her true self, the ways in which Krogstad,

Christine and Torvald perceive her dramatically change.

Christine Linde, a woman who has had to live independently since her

husband died, suddenly comes back to visit Nora and finds Nora has not changed

from her childish ways in high school. Nora for an instant does not recognize

her old friend because of the time that has passed since the last time she saw

her. Christine tells Nora of her husband's passing and how he did not leave her

any money or "even any sorrow or grief to live upon" (Ibsen 6). She tells Nora

how she had to marry him because of her ailing mother and two younger brothers.

She needed someone who could take care of her and her family financially. Now

she is on her own and looking for a job to support herself. Nora expresses her

sympathies and promptly brags about Torvald's promotion at the bank. She is so

excited at the importance of his job and more importantly the money that will

begin to start pouring in. Nora thinks it will be wonderful not having to worry

about money and being able to shop at any time for anything. "Nora, Nora,

haven't you learnt any sense yet? In our school days you were a great

spendthrift" (Ibsen 8). Christine tries to point out to Nora that there are

more important things in life to worry about besides money. "Christine, a woman

who has been forced to live in a hard world starts out patronizing Nora" (Rogers

83). She believes Nora is living in a dream world, one that nothing can go

wrong, instead of living in the real world where everything is not always so

perfect. Christine understands that Nora has led a sheltered life for she was

always taken care of, first by her husband and then by Torvald. Nora has never

had her freedom like Christine; she always depended upon someone else.

Christine on the other

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