The Awakening of Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House Essay

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The Awakening of Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House

The status of women in the 1800's, when A Doll's House was written, was that of a second-class citizen. Women did not have the right to vote, own property, or make legal transactions. The role of women was restricted to that of a housewife. In A Doll's House, Ibsen does a wonderful job of presenting the character of Nora as person who goes though an awakening about her life. In the beginning, she concerns herself only with being a perfect wife and mother according to the social norms of the time. Later, she realizes that she cannot continue just being her husband's shadow. Eventually, she decides that she has duties to herself that are above of those of being a
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When Nora grows up, she gets married and goes from her father hands to that of her husband's who treats he in a similar way as her father did (11. 596-597.) She becomes the perfect wife and mother. She pleases her husband in every way possible. She doesn't contradict his opinion. She still doesn't have an identity and is just the wife of Tovald Helmer. She builds her entire world around him and believes he is her hero who will always protect her as if she were a delicate flower. She puts her children and husband before herself. She believes, she only has value if she is a "good mother and wife." For the happiness of her family, she would risk anything. Towards this goal, she takes the chance of borrowing money without the consent of a man and forges her father's signature to save her husband's life. She only wants to protect the beautiful home they have together.

Nora:... - Torvald, with all his masculine pride - how painfully humiliating for him if found out he was in debt to me. That would just ruin our relationship. Our beautiful, happy home would never be the same. (11. 430-434)

By the end of the play, Nora undergoes a great transition and discovers the reality in her life. She realizes that she is a human being who needs to express herself. She comes to understand that her marriage is merely a sham; she wants a relationship where both husband and wife can sit down, discuss their ideas, and resolve

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