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A Doll's House Illusions

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GCSE Henrik Ibsen

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A Doll's House

In the play "A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen, Nora and Torvald Helmer appear to share a happy, idealistic marriage and family life. This perfect image is threatened when Nora's previous act of forgery is in danger of being revealed. The following incidents that take place leads Nora to gradually realize that their marriage and lives has all been shaped by illusions, and she is soon left unsure about what is right and wrong.

In the beginning of the play, Nora had strong illusions of herself, believing herself to be the ideal wife and mother. She acts out this role dutifully, charming her husband with her pretty tricks and playing with her children. Her devotion to her husband, combined with her ignorance of the law and her naïve confidence that the law is on her side, results in her forging her father's signature while borrowing money from Krogstad, which was needed for the trip to improve Torvald's health.

Despite Krogstad's warning "The law is not concerned with motives", Nora still believes in her own morals, protesting "I simply don't believe that. Hasn't a daughter the right to protect her dying father from

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