Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll 's House Essay

1374 Words Apr 5th, 2016 6 Pages
Throughout A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen illustrates through an intriguing story how a once infantile-like woman gains independence and a life of her own. Ibsen creates a naturalistic drama that demonstrates how on the outside Nora and Torvald seem to have it all, but in reality their life together is empty. From a girl confined by her husband’s rules to a woman who finally puts her own wellbeing before others, she comes into her own over the course of the play. Nora Helmer was a delicate character and she relied on Torvald for her identity. This dependence that she had kept her from having her own personality. Yet when it is discovered that Nora only plays the part of the good typical housewife who stays at home to please her husband, it is then understandable that she is living not for herself but to please others. Throughout the play, Ibsen employs recurring symbols of macaroons, the Tarantella dance and the Christmas tree to parallel Nora’s development into an independent women.
We are introduced to the macaroons on the first page of play. After returning home from her Christmas shopping, Nora stealthily eats some macaroons. We soon learn that Torvald, her husband, disapproves of her eating the sweets as seen in the quote; “HELMER: "Hasn 't Miss Sweet Tooth been breaking rules in town today? […] taken a bite at a macaroon or two?" NORA: "No, Torvald" (Pg. ) despite the fact that right at the beginning of the play, she indulged in some macaroons. Through this simple…

Related Documents

La Carrera de la muerte 4: más allá de la anarquía (2018) | Konbini Kareshi | Gurazeni