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A Dolls House - notes on each Act.

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A Doll's House Journal Entries Act One- * Torvald addresses Nora using words like "my little lark", "my little squirrel", and "my little spendthrift". This language is rather childish and somewhat like how one would speak to a doll, hence "a doll's house". This reinforces the idea that Torvald treats Nora more like a plaything that is simply meant to exist, adorned, and embellished. It gives the idea that Torvald has no true value for Nora as an individual; he does not ask her opinion or views in decisions, instead he advises her against excessive spending, as though teaching a small kid. When Nora suggests "borrowing" money to fill the time in which Torvald's salary is awaited, he labels her a "featherhead", portraying his idea of the little intelligence she has. * Nora's constant titles as a "spendthrift" and the anxiety in the home for Torvald's new, lucrative position as bank manager divulges the high value of money in the central theme of the act. Torvald holds money and independence in high esteem, as he explains to Nora the consequences of borrowing money and taking loans. In his point of view, they are obstruction to freedom, keeping one binding and liable. Nora on the other hand, regardless of where it is obtained is simply money-hungry, and periodically wastes away what she is given, in unnecessary affairs. ...read more.


* Doctor Rank, from the interaction between him and Nora, we can decipher has syphilis, and is awaiting the time for his end. He does not wish Torvald near his sick-room as he understands it to be one of the things Torvald considers ugly. While earlier Rank was a mere friend of Torvald's but now a sense of pity is created as he is nearing his death, with the childish fear and jealousy of being replaced by Christine (Mrs. Linde). However, his language with Nora is rather odd and uncomfortable, as it gives the impression that Rank has deeper feelings for her. This is with reference to his constant claims to be equal to Torvald in his compassion for Nora, as he too would be willing to give his life for her should it be necessary. Creating a conflicting opinion of sympathy and suspicion, Rank change's our perspective altogether. * Deeply apprehensive about the divulgence of her secret, Nora looks to persuade Torvald of sustaining Krogstad's position in the bank. She suggests singing and dancing to please Torvald, in exchange for Krogstad's job. Seeing as that was futile, she pretends to be afraid that he will tarnish Torvald's name in the newspapers, as he did her father. When Torvald reassures her that his reputation is above suspicion, she prolongs. Torvald insists that nothing can be done, as not only poses problems of professionalism with him in office, but his dismissal has already been arranged not to be altered on the whim of his simple wife. ...read more.


Thus, like the ball, Nora's life too is quite superficial, for like the masks, everything seems merry and perfect, when behind it all, nothing was ever right. * The ending was probably the most effective, as the husband and wife ultimately settle their issues, through a discussion, something never done in their many years of marriage. Nora, always agreeable to the ponders of Torvald, and Torvald busy in always busy in business affairs is forced to acknowledge his wife not as his beautiful toy but as an equal human being and proper wife. Nora realizes the large lacking in her life, and understands despite the little love for him, the presence of her husband a continued obstruction to her journey of self- discovery. * Ibsen, title the novel "A Doll's House" for it represents the falsehood and superficiality of the Helmer family, that was incased in fake senses of joy and merriment, created by the characters' themselves. The title refers to the setting where life provides all necessities along with additional luxuries, where money the root cause of the split of a pair such as Krogstad and Christine, is in abundant. Thus it is the place where money the central theme and necessity of society at the time was not an issue. However, ironically, despite having the luxuries the love pair and others was deprived of, the 'doll's house' breaks, as it does not possess the hardcore foundation of trust, honesty, and understanding between the two in the relationship. ...read more.

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