Woman as Other in A Doll's House - In A Doll's House by...

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In “A Doll's House”by Henrik Ibsen, Helmer Torvald does not treat his wife Nora as his qual. Virginia Woolf in “A Room of One’s Own” said, “ Life for both sexes—and I look at them, shouldering their way along the pavement—is arduous, difficult, a perpetual struggle. It calls for gigantic courage and strength. More than anything, perhaps, creatures of illusion that we are, it calls for confidence in oneself.” This statement suggested that women were treated unequally by men. The ideas of this statement exactly related to Nora and her husband relationship and Nora’s position in it. In the conversation, Henrik Ibsen wrote, “Helmer[following her]. Come, come, my little skylark must not droop her wings. What is this! Is my little squirrel out of temper? [Taking out his purse.] Nora, what do you think I have got here?Nora[turning round quickly]. Money!Helmer. There you are. [Gives her some money.] Do you think I don't know what a lot is wanted for housekeeping at Christmas-time?
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Unformatted text preview:Nora [coun±ng]. Ten shillings--a pound--two pounds! Thank you, thank you, Torvald; that will keep me going for a long ±me." It showed us that Nora was lack of control over money and she needed to rely on her husband so that she can survive. Therefore, her husband treated her like a child and controlled her life as much as he could. In addi±on, Helmer Ibsen stated, "You arranged everything according to your own taste, and so I got the same tastes as your else I pretended to, I am really not quite sure which--I think some±mes the one and some±mes the other. When I look back on it, it seems to me as if I had been living here like a poor woman--just from hand to mouth. I have existed merely to perform tricks for you, Torvald." The lack of privacy of Nora led her to frustrated situa±on. She felt her life was meaningless and she wanted to understand herself.