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A Doll’s House.

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A DOLL'S HOUSE Mark Tiberio December 19, 2003 English 20 IB Mrs. Cant Period 4 550 words A DOLL'S HOUSE Above all else, one is responsible to themselves. An individual alone can determine whether their actions are justified. In Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House the protagonist, Nora, is forced to make a crucial decision which will not only alter her life forever but, the life of her husband and children as well. Nora decides to leave her family to search for the truth. When an individual makes such a life changing decision it can not be taken lightly. In the end, however, the decision has to be based on what the person feels, not the obligations they have towards others. When a person experiences an epiphany, they frequently resort to radical , but often necessary actions. ...read more.

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No one person can go into another persons mind. No one person can understand exactly how another person feels. Because of this reality, it is not fair for anyone to judge another persons actions. One cannot decide whether someone else's actions are justified or not. That onus is on the individual themselves. Nora feels her actions are justified, she does not need anyone telling her otherwise. She follows her heart, doing what she needs to do. She understands that the search for truth in ones life requires one hundred percent devotion. When Torvald tells her "You don't understand the conditions of the world you live" she replies by saying "No, I don't. But now I am going to try. I am going to see if I can make out who is right, the world or I." It is for this reason that Nora undertakes such a radical action to see the truth. ...read more.

Conclusion

She acted out of obligation to her family instead of obligation to herself. In the end she explains to Krogstad how she regretted her decision to leave him. Mrs. Linde demonstrates the consequences of not acting true to oneself. Fortunately for Nora, due to her decision to leave, she did not have to face these consequences. When Nora decided to leave her family in order to discover not only the truth, but herself, she forgot about her obligation to others and worried about no one else. Nora's decision to leave was utterly justifiable. She realizes that her primary duty is to herself and she acts on it. After Nora's epiphany she takes radical, but at the same time just actions, however, the whole time remaining in accordance with herself. Mrs. Linde said "a woman who has once sold herself once for another's sake, doesn't do it a second time." How fortunate are those woman like Nora, who do not have to sell themselves once to realize this? ...read more.

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