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Doll's House Reflective Statement - my view of Torvald.

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Doll?s House Reflective Statement Steven Wu Originally, I had a very negative impression of Torvald. He was egoistical, ignorant and cared more about his reputation than the needs of Nora. The interactive oral showed how he was also very controlling of Nora such as when he made her wear the party dress for the party. At this point I felt that Torvald was unfit to be a husband due to him being unable to view Nora as an equal person, and his restrictive control over her actions. ...read more.


The women?s duty was to care for husband and children and restricted by boundaries of the house and her husband?s orders. Men were expected to be providers for the family which meant that the duty of house chores fell to the women. Also, women were ?basically given? to their husbands by their fathers; in the 19th century they were considered no more than property. Since ?property? is also a part of the reputation of the ?owner?, it was socially accepted that not being obedient to your husband back during that time and bringing some sort of danger to him could result in the woman being kicked out of the house. ...read more.


Isben?s contextual considerations further enhanced the text to emulate Nora?s emotions and reinforce the reader?s understanding of her mental state. The Tarantella dance and Nora?s clothing showed how Nora transitioned from worried over how Torvald would take Krogstad?s letter (wild dancing: feelings & party dress: pleasing Torvald) to being detached and understanding the reality of her relationship with Torvald. This made the ending extremely ?powerful? as it showed Nora in a position of independence (choosing to divorce Torvald and leave the children). After the interactive oral, I learned much about how the play?s ending was controversial when it first premiered and became more sympathetic towards Torvald. ...read more.

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