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A Doll's House "Conflict is the Essence of All Drama"

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A Doll's House "Conflict is the Essence of All Drama" In every play, there is always conflict. Without it, the story would simply be dull and boring. There would be no lessons learnt and nothing that keeps the story going. Everyone has different opinions and perceptions about particular things and this is why conflict occurs - everyone is human and that is the reality. The different kinds of conflict include the conflict between individuals, within the individual and conflict with society. In Henrik Ibsen's play, A Doll's House, there is evidence that all three of these kinds of conflict exists. Firstly, Helmer objectifies Nora. For example; "My darling. No one else's. My sweetheart, my treasure." (Act 3 Lines 207-208). He also called her names like "my little songbird... my little squirrel" (Act 1 Lines7-10) and "little featherbrain" (Act 1 Line 94). This demonstrates that he really does not know her he only knows his version of her. All this had led to a dishonest and an unopened relationship between Helmer and Nora. ...read more.


Money has also been the main source of destruction for Torvald and Nora. Nora wouldn't have had to borrow money if they did have money to spend. Torvald stated; "That doesn't mean we've money to burn" and "has my little songbird been spending all my money again?" (Act 1 Lines 16-21). Another type of conflict which is present in "A Doll's House" is conflict within oneself. It arises when a person is unsure of what to do and keeps on battling with it themselves. A prime example of this is Nora; she was fighting herself. "The children... never again. Never. Water...deep...black..." (Act 3 Lines 351-352) The last 3 words in this sentence give the audience the impression that she was thinking of killing herself. There was also a battle within oneself occurring in Mrs. Linde. Again, she had to choose in marrying her currently dead husband because he was the one who had money and not Krogstad who she had truly cared for. She had mentioned to Krogstad; "What else could I do? ...read more.


"I'm saved" (Act 3 Line 416) - he was concerned of himself and not of Nora. Other than that, every other character seems to do what the rest of the society would do; put others first. Examples are; Mrs. Linde - she puts her family first and Dr. Rank even though he had a "tainted blood" (Act 2 Line 71) or in other words an inherited disease, he was still considerate towards Helmer and Nora. Krogstad also had the correct believes of the society; "The law's not interested in reasons... it's what you'll be judged by, if I take this document to court." (Act 1 Lines 806-809). He thinks that the law is more important than feelings - 'love' that Nora had for Torvald. Torvald had always thought that, "you're a wife, a mother. They come first" while Nora doesn't think so - "I think that first I'm a human being...I must think things for myself, I must decide." In conclusion, you can clearly see that conflict is at the essence of this play. It appears in every corner of it and we've come to discover that it is something that keeps people going. It has the power to drive us forward and hold us back. ...read more.

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