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Is 'A Doll's House' a suitable title for the play

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A Doll's House IS 'A DOLL'S HOUSE' A SUITABLE TITLE FOR THE PLAY? REFER TO ACT ONE, AND THE LANGUAGE OF THE CHARACTERS. Ibsen's use of language creates a suitable title 'A Doll's House'. This title represents and relates to the whole play. 'A Doll's House' relates to power, it represents a doll being played with and owned. This doll is controlled; its every move is depicted. The title is significant to society and entrapment within the house. Ibsen represents Nora as a doll. Nora therefore reacts in the same way as a doll, trapped in a house. Helmer has power over Nora and treats her as a doll, his doll. A doll's house can look good and perfectly innocent on the outside, but how about the inside? During this play we acknowledge the truth underneath the prettiness of 'A Doll's House'. The significance in the title is crucial to understanding the relationship between Nora and Torvald. Deception is seen right away with the macaroons. ...read more.

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She does whatever the 'master' tells her to do. Nora goes against Helmer's rules; she gets a loan without Helmer knowing. "He's proud of being a man". Nora knows that if Helmer was to get a loan or be in debt, he'll be very ashamed. He will be socially embarrassed. People were meant to conform to their stereotypes and behave in a conventional manner. His social status is important to him. He understands the norms and values of society. Ibsen's father himself suffered from these financial problems and social embarrassment of owing to poverty. This shows that Nora has an untruthful marriage and the traditional masculine traits. This relates to the stereotyped idea in society that a girl plays with a doll and a 'doll's house', whilst the boy takes on more masculine activities. Helmer has power over Nora; again treating Nora like a doll. "My little bird mustn't droop her wings". Helmer can be patronising at times. Nora and Helmer's relationship is like that of a father and daughters, Nora depends on Helmer and needs approval. ...read more.

Conclusion

Nora's physical appearance and Helmer's appearance of knowledge and understanding being of importance. Throughout act one Ibsen's use of language is very effective. Both Nora and Helmer know their roles within the family. Their distinctive language reflects their character traits; Helmer being head of the house and Nora being a mother and wife. Ibsen creates the significance of a 'doll's house' to Nora's and Helmer's relationship. Although Helmer has power, Nora slightly does in a way. She saved her husband's life by borrowing money. This shows bravery in Nora, as during the 19th century it was forbidden for a female to borrow or even work to earn money. This may be suggesting that she wants to break free from her 'doll's' role, knowing she is destined for so much more. By reading and looking at act one I can say that 'A Doll's House' is definitely a suitable title for the play. The title says it all; Nora is the doll, Torvald's doll, everything in her little 'doll's house' is perfect, but she has no idea what is going on in the world outside. * Word Count, 878 ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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