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A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen Jeremy Davis T-Journals 04.12.10 Theme: Women’s Sacrifices 1 Quotation Reflection “Free. To be free, absolutely free. To spend time playing with the children. To have a clean, beautiful house, the way Torvald likes it.” (Act 1 line 422) In this line Nora says that she will be “free” after the New Year, once she has paid off her debt to Krogstad. She thinks that freedom will give her time to be a good mother and wife, while maintaining a beautiful home, as her “[Torvald] likes it”. But Nora eventually discovers she cannot find real freedom in her cookie-cutter, house wife life style. As the play continues, Nora becomes increasingly aware that she has to change her life to find the freedom she has always wanted and desired but has been keep estrange from by the men in her life.
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A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen Jeremy Davis T-Journals 04.12.10 Theme: Women’s Sacrifices 2 Quotation Reflection “Is it my little squirrel bustling about?" (Act 1 line 6) In this line of A Doll’s house the family dynamic is displayed. We discover that Torvald sees Nora not as his wife or his equal. By calling her a squirrel we discover that Torvald sees Nora as a pet, something he must feed, house, clothe and take care of and not as his lover, spouse and equal. In their marriage Nora sacrifices her self-esteem and worth, just to play the role that Torvald expects of her. 3 Quotation Reflection "I only feel my life unspeakably empty. No one to live for anymore." (Act 1 line 146) In this reflection by Mrs. Linde we see the effect of woman’s sacrifices. For her entire life, Mrs. Linde has given up her life in order to tend to or live for someone else. Widowed and alone with no one to take care of, Mrs. Linde feels empty as if her life is purposeless. The life and duty she has given to others have left her devoid of life and duty for herself. 4 Quotation Reflection “I should just love to say-well, I’m damned!’” In this quotation we see a bit of foreshadowing.
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A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen Jeremy Davis T-Journals 04.12.10 Theme: Women’s Sacrifices ( Act 1 line 273) This rebellious behavior indicates that Nora isn’t entirely the person that Torvald thinks she is and it hints at further rebellion from Nora. We also see how Nora has to sacrifice her wants and being who she is in order to please Torvald and to portray an image of a proper, domestic wife and in order to keep their family together, Nora must restrain herself and her feelings. 5 Quotation Reflection “Just now. [Puts the bag of macaroons into her pocket and wipes her mouth]….Not even taken a bite at a macaroon or two. No, I assure you, Torvald.” (Act 1 lines 08,62-63) In these lines we observe more rebellion from Nora and simply every day sacrifices she makes for her family and Torvald. Torvald is a very controlling husband; he doesn’t even allow Nora to eat sweets. Nora’s blatant disregard for Torvald’s wishes and lie she tells shows not only her rebellion to the leash
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