September 24, 2012
The Desire to be Free of Manipulations
A Doll’s House was originally written in Norwegian in 1879 by Henrik Ibsen. The themes of the story are the sacrificial role of women, and sacrifices that their made for their family. Another theme in this play is the undependable appearances of wife through society and the way that especially Tolvald sees his wife. Torvald treats Nora like she is a doll and he manipulates her. At first she seems to be joyful with her relationship but as the play progress. We find about Nora's true feelings. Her past actions indicate her desire to be free from her husband's manipulations. All the good humor and joyfulness that she once had, was her way to distract her husband, and hide the secrets and differences between one another. As the play progresses, Nora's personality shifts from being the playful, trophy wife seen by Torvald and friends, to a self- empowering, dependable woman. The three most symbolic elements of the setting in the story are the Time of the year, the Christmas tree and the macaroon. Around these three elements the story takes place and this is how we come to understand “The doll's house”.
The first symbolic element in the play is the time of the year. Christmas and New Year are both linked with rebirth and renewal, multiple characters in the play went through a kind of rebirth over the course of the play, characters like Nora, Torvald, Krogstad and Linde. Krogstad and Mrs. Linde they each get a fresh start in life, their see their renewed love affair as great opportunity for them, publicly for Mr. Krogstad for Mrs. Linde it as a way that she could care for someone again and now she has a purpose once again in her life.
Nora and Torvald have a spiritual awakening of what is happening around the house, which could be seen as a rebirth. Torvald spiritual awakening is about how her wife breaking up the rules that he puts around the house like the macaroon and other rules. Nora...