Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House

March 25, 2019

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Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House is a rather tragic story about the realizations of a woman. At the beginning of the story, a couple is depicted to be in quite a merry mood as items have been purchased possibly for the celebration of Christmas day. Prior to being able to spend in a luxurious manner though, Nora and Torvald faced considerable challenges and misfortunes in the years that have passed. Eventually, a new problem was brought forth by the actions of Krogstad, as he was being threatened to be dismissed from work by Torvald.

In response, Krogstad told Nora that if Torvald’s decision remains then a secret would be revealed. Specifically, it would be revealed that Nora was able to save her husbands welfare in the past by paying for the expenses herself and eventually working to pay such debt. A sequence of failed attempts in order to prevent her husband from knowing the truth followed; eventually though, Torvald found out how Nora forged her father’s letter and how she actually exerted effort for Torvald’s sake.

Due to Torvald’s initial response being of anger and a lack of understanding, Nora left him in a straightforward and completely decided manner. Given that the story progressed or transitioned from bliss to conflict, the entire play undeniably evokes both sadness and regret. Specifically though, the play points out that women are not mere playthings which should blindly accomplish the biddings of men, which is highlighted by the following line stated by Nora: “But our home has been nothing but a playroom, I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I was papa’s doll-child” (Ibsen).

Indeed, the entire play embodies a message that women should not be treated with such disregard, as if without any right to accomplish feats of great importance. Furthermore, one could also assume that the story emphasizes the point that women are capable of noteworthy deeds, a criticism of how most men would only perceive their counterparts in terms of aesthetics. While reading the play might not please those who expect heartwarming resolutions, most would still be able to appreciate it. I for one am completely satisfied with the play, as it aids people in comprehending the implications of a critical issue in society.