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Henrik Ibsen, A Dolls House

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Paper Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House Henrik Ibsen who is the author of A Doll's House lived from the time period of 1828 to 1906. He is an exceptional Naturalist and is also a Norwegian dramatist. "Naturalism was inspired by the methods of science and the insights of sociology to focus on such issues as working-class unrest and women's rights" (Matthews and Platt 538). He brought forth the idea of the "problem play." This type of play involves dealing with social issues of this time period. In A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen depicts an ordinary couple who is married and towards the end Nora, the wife, realizes she is a doll just like when she was growing up with her father, and wants to find her own person and live the life that she desires. Nora sacrifices leaving her children and throwing in the towel for her marriage so this exploration can take place. Naturalism occurs copiously throughout the play of the marriage between Torvald Helmer and Nora Helmer. ...read more.

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It seems like Nora received money from prostitution, rather than the actual means of receiving the money. Mrs. Linde comments, "I don't understand it at all, Nora." Nora replies, "There is no need you should. I never said I had borrowed the money. I may have got it some other way. (Lies back on the sofa) Perhaps I got it from some other admirer. When anyone is as attractive as I am--" (Ibsen 16). This statement is suggesting to the reader that Nora sold herself for money, but that was not the case. Nora is so submissive towards Torvald and does not really do anything to break that obedience, except for when the reader finds out later in the play about how Nora saved Torvald's life. Nora took out a loan and paid for all of Torvald's medical expenses over in Italy. Mr. Krogstad is a lawyer who works under Torvald and was the one who lent the money to Nora. This deal is secretly just between Nora and Krogstad because these types of deals are not allowed to take place. ...read more.

Conclusion

Helmer says, "I would gladly work night and day for you. Nora-bear sorrow and want for your sake. But no man would sacrifice his honour for the one he loves." Nora replies back, "It is one thing hundreds of thousands of women have done" (90). Nora responds with an extremely true statement and all Helmer can do is just call her a child once more. Nora eventually leaves him without any of Helmer's personal belongings and tells him not to write her. She needs to be alone and figure out what is best for her in life. The theme of naturalism is definitely repetitive throughout the "problem play." Women's issues are addressed as well as some general social issues of this time. Nora stood up for what she believed was right and pushed herself past the normal of this time period. She felt like she was doing the right thing for her husband, but that led to angry people, including Krogstad and Helmer. She did have to leave behind a husband and three children, but she needed to find out what she really wanted out of life. ...read more.

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