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Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House

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From the book, Torvad Helma, Nora’s husband began a new job in the rank of a bank manager and this job is expected to increase the family fortune specifically by first of all increasing the standard of life lived by Nora. This is due to the reason that Nora could not find work in the workforce where there is the dominance of the male given that a job is considered a men’s role. Torvald even calls Nora pet names like my sweet little lark (Act 1, p.1) and my squirrel (Act 1, p.1). Marriage as a role of men and women in the 19th century though considered scandalous by many Europeans as to how the topic is handled. This is due to the reason that marriage was considered so holy than the covenant of marriage itself therefore nobody including writers of books could be allowed to present it in this manner. Women were quite compromising beings in the society most so when it meant to protect their families (Ibsen, Henrik, and William 2002 pg 68-72). This is seen when Nora presents her undermining husband another chance after the reality of her responsibility as a mother dawns on her. The play is represented as a departure from the traditional behavior and theatrical conventions as shown by Nora leaving home and her acts of slamming the door. Ibsen portrays the role played by women in all the economic classes of the society as sacrificial. Generally, the play through Nora has shown that even in instances when men are not willing to sacrifice their integrity, women given their non-chauvinistic nature have always undertaken the sacrifices (Unwin, Stephen, and Henrik 2007 pg 20-9). This is witnessed when Mrs. Linde had to make a long life sacrifice of breaking with and abandoning her love Kondrad given that he did not have money or wealth to marry a richer man in order to find enough money to support her mother and two brothers. In addition, a nanny also had to make a sacrifice of abandon her own child to for the sake of supporting herself by working for Nora as her caretaker. As she tells Nora, the nanny considers herself lucky to have found the job, since she was a poor girl who’d been led astray. This job would aid her in taking care of her daily livelihood, which was at a mess (Ibsen, Henrik, and Brian 2004 pg 34-43). Women are further stepped on, as they are not allowed by the society to be custodians of wealth making the men quite powerful financially hence the decision makers in the society then. From the book, Nora is quite advantaged economically as compared to the other women in the book. Nora serves as a wife and mother, but not as an equal to Torvald. Despite this, she still lives a quite a difficult life because the society dictates that becomes the dominant partner in the marriage hence controls most of the decisions when it comes to handling the wealth an action which leads to the devastation of Nora (Wren 1997 pg 1.207). Torvald issues orders and decrees geared to threaten Nora’s position (Torvald planned to cope with the scandal resulting from blackmail by stripping Nora of her spousal and motherly duties, but would keep her in the house for appearance sake. If Nora, with her reputation tainted as a criminal, would poison the minds of the Helmer children, she would be useless as a mother to them). This