A Doll's House

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Darryl Williams Kathi Griffin ENG 205 3 December 2010 Critical Analysis of “A Doll’s House” “A Doll’s House” is a play written by Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen. The purpose of this play is to show the different values of individuals and society. The topic of this play is a couple, Nora and Torvald, who both have their own problems. Nora is being blackmailed by Krogstad, who works at the bank with Torvald. Torvald wants to fire Krogstad, but his wife insists that he does not, because Krogstad will then expose her. The intended audience for this piece is more than likely women in Europe and those in power, because this play empowers women and shows how society tries to demean them. Nora and Torvald have a disconnected relationship. They seem very happy and in love, but this is all an act. Torvald demeans Nora by calling her pet names like “lark,” “squirrel,” and “songbird.” Nora goes along with these names
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Unformatted text preview: and humors her husband, because that is what society says she should do. However, she appears to almost have a split personality. She acts submissive around her husband, but independent and strong-willed when she is alone or with her friend. For example, she eats macaroons when she is alone, even though her husband forbids it. She even forged her father’s name to acquire a bank loan. The title of this play is also significant, because it describes Nora’s and Torvald’s relationship perfectly. Torvald treats Nora as if she is a toy, like his own personal play thing. When Torvald discovers that his “doll” has been deceiving him, he refuses to allow her to raise their children. Eventually he takes back his words, but it is too late. Nora has had enough of Torvald’s controlling ways and decides to leave him....
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