Sample Literature Paper on A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen

In the play A Doll’s House, almost everything seems and looks different from how it appears to be at first. Nora presents at first an unpleasant impression of being a proud, senseless, and insensitive lady. We get to discover later that she is making unusual moves and steps to spare the lives of her better half as well as try and repay her credit. Before the play ends, she gets to understand her real worth and value, and she chooses to strike out as a free woman (Cima, 1999). Torvald presents to us an impression of being a loving, cherishing, and liberal spouse. In every circumstance, it later comes to dawn on us that he is an excessively weak and powerless man, vain, shallow as well as openly notorious and this even makes it harder to prove that he would be able to carry any weight as would fall upon Nora. The Helmer marriage on the outside seems very pleasant and enjoyable, but it ends up unveiling the falsehood and inequality it thrives on.

The motivating factor behind the distance between the outlook and the truth in society is the fact that the characters in this piece of art are living in a certain level of misdirection. In most cases, this is meant to uplift or even empower them to acknowledge that society is everything. Nora gets to the point of betraying Torvald concerning the advance as well as the concealment of her quality. Torvald in several instances makes Nora feel guilty with concise truth and honesty by saying that he was ready in every single situation to take upon himself any weight that fell upon Nora. This case feels to have come from his low propensity and self-information born of his fantasies of the coexistence between him and Nora (Gray & Ibsen, 2008).

The writer is worried about the position of the woman in the eye of the public. He has always had trust that women are privileged to create their uniqueness even though according to the societal expectations is in most cases through self-sacrifice. In this culture, there was no regard for ladies as equal to men both in connection to their lovers or even the society. This is very evident as some of his workers loathe Torvald that he has been influenced by choices on the employment of Krogstad by his lover.

Ladies can’t be leaders in business or even the power to control their money. They continuously seek its approval from their possessors who are their husbands, fathers or even siblings. Nora is ashamed of her acts after she takes a credit before seeking approval of their father or their significant other. In this society, single women such as Mrs. Linde seemed freer and liberated as compared to the married ones. This is because they have a privilege to keep whatever they earned without having to seek approval or even hand it over (Ibsen).

The payment of a livelihood to women was ineffectively paid as well as limited as is the case for Mrs. Linde. Whatever was available was education, education or administrative work. The other sad part was that the jobs available for ladies were hard and dull which always left the ladies hollow from inside as was the case for Mrs. Linde. Marriage is seen as a trap according to this play. Far from the fact that there was access to separation, it was always a portrayal of disgrace for both the lady as well as their significant other, and only a few ladies took it as an alternative. For this reason, Torvald would better keep in marriage with all the struggles rather than get a separation.

The Victorian culture is seen clearly as a very rough and unforgiving impact on someone. It has brought about the continuation of customs and ethical codes that are challenging to most people (Cima, 1999). On the Nurse’s character, the writer tries to demonstrate to us how easy it is for the life of a man to be destroyed though making one error which in her case is falling pregnant out of marriage.

Torvald places his life at the mercies of the culture and societal respect and value. He gets himself worried about his appeal and the appearance of his better half than he is about her bliss. At the time she is trying to convince him to maintain Krogstad in his work, one of his primary concerns is the fact that the other workers of the bank will see him from the perspective that they can note that he has been under the influence of his better half (Ibsen). Even after he rejects Nora, he still needs her under the same roof as he is so he can retain the image of a good marriage.

Ethics and the quality of ethics is an issue for the society at large. Nora begins to criticize and analyze the ethics of the community immediately she starts feeling that this would make her feel more of a criminal because of producing the mark of her father which she has already accepted as ethically worthy given the situations. One of the noblest undertakings she has at hand is one for saving the life of her better half which later turns out to be an unforgivable wrong as per the ethical standards of the society. It is never a wonder to find out that her journey towards self-revelation at the end of the play should entail the question of who is correct between her and the world.

. Linde and Dr.Rank. They do touch the heart of the play in the meantime, and this raises a caution to us on the way they can share a sensational reason (Gray & Ibsen, 2008). To some extent, they have the truth in an awkward setup of marriages where Mrs. Linde chooses not to convince Krogstad to remember his letter. Since she has a strong belief that it is already time that the Helmers face the whole reality of their marriage. Dr. Rank speaks with Nora with all the intelligence she has as compared to the stupid puppet preferred by Torvald. The characters emerge as morally compromised and as fallible as is the case for most people in life. Mrs. Linde has already betrayed Krogstad, the love of her life after she marries another man for security and money which has left her with a feeling of emptiness. Dr. Rank is not a completely selfless comrade to Torvald as was the case in the first place, but he is visiting because he has fallen in love with Nora (Cima, 1999).

The scientific breakthrough that was experienced in the Nineteenth century particularly in genetic science has led to a seriously developing interest in inherited traits, disorders as well as diseases. A Doll’s House has various references for both moral traits and conditions that have been passed down through generations. After Torvald reads the first letter from Krogstad and rejecting Nora, he forbids her from bringing up his children because he has thought that she will not bring them in a morally upright manner (Gray & Ibsen, 2008). She gets convinced about it and starts to keep some distance from the kids. Torvald has a firm belief that the children of Krogstad’s will be affected and poisoned explicitly by the moral crimes of their father. It is very evident that Dr.Rank inherited a deadly disease from his father who led an unfaithful life and ended up contracting a fatal disease.

Works Cited

Cima, G. G. “A Doll House: Based on the Play by Henrik Ibsen (review).” Theatre Journal, vol. 51, no. 4, 1999, pp. 476-477, doi:10.1353/tj.1999.0077.

Gray, F., and H. Ibsen. A doll’s house, Henrik Ibsen. York Press, 2008.

Ibsen, H. “A Doll’s House (trans. Meyer; Student Edition).” A Doll’s House, doi:10.5040/9781408167557.00000039.