Development of Nora's and Torvalds relationship in "Dolls House"
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Discuss the Development of Helmer's and Nora's Relationships A Doll's House was initially written towards the nearing of the twentieth century by Henrik Ibsen. A time when time-old tradition and good social behaviors we only tolerated and the family circle was a sacred institution in which both husband and wife lived with certain codes; dignity that was the norm. As a result this play did not receive the welcome it deserved as a reflection of the reality it depicted: deceit, dissatisfaction, lust, misunderstanding; etc. Since the play reflects society the audience can easily relate to the play and thus feel as though they are a part, therefore his writing techniques are noteworthy in relation to the effect it has. Considering the opening of the play in which we're given the impression that they're a happily married couple, a family of love. Both supporting one another, living an honest life where Helmer is presented as being the prefect husband and Nora the perfect wife. ...read more.
But Nora isn't all that green and takes advantage of his paternalism because it may seem that she enjoys being a spoiled little child who is a 'little spendthrift.' Helmer and Nora are both dominant in their relationship although one more power in their own domain, with Helmer is his capability of bringing money in the relationship, he's the bread-winner, 'he's just been made vice-president of the bank... and he'll be getting a big salary and lots of percentages', talking boastfully of her husband's new found wealth Nora goes on to her friend. Therefore it quite easy to see his control over Nora financially. Nora acknowledges the fact she knows he prides himself on his achievements and capabilities as she says 'he's so proud of being a man it'd be so painful and humiliating to know he owed anything to me. It would completely wreck our relationship.' The above claim also is indicative of the fact Nora's behavior may be due to in keeping with her husband's need of maintaining his egocentric self importance. ...read more.
'When I saw you dance the Tarantella like huntress a temptress my blood grew hot... I seized you and dragged you down...' The feeling a child and parent like relationship is lost in his scene and strength off a woman's sexual affinity to a man. The 'little squirrel' or 'sky lark' or 'songbird' was suddenly transformed right before his eyes into a 'distractingly beautiful young women.' In this act the artificial curtain of innocence is lifted and it comes under the spot light and the truth is revealed and Helmer no longer sees Nora as a child but a women. Showing he truly different love her 'just what she represented', beauty, fantasy and practically served as amusement, without any strings attached and trouble-free. 'In eight whole years...we have never exchanged a serious word on a serious subject.' This is when truth was revealed and their long awaited characteristics were finally defined at this climax. And it's after this point they have 'their first and final talk' at first it seemed to all fun and games now it's serious he even dares to refer to her as a 'wretched women. ...read more.
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