Marriage public status, and the up keep of


Marriage
is a union between two people, without love and respect it is just an act with
nothing holding it together. In a Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, Nora and
Torvald appear to show that they have a perfect marriage but when secrets are
discovered true feeling come out. People say that true feelings come out when
you are angry and or drunk. In this case Nora could see her worth when Torvald
found out about the blackmail. Realizing she had a relationship based on public
status, and the up keep of appearance.

The
play ends with Nora slamming the door behind her when she decides to turn her
back on her family and the reasons is clear. In their last argument Torvald sarcastically
says that by leaving her family she is abandoning her “most sacred
duties” (3.309). Nora doesn’t see it this way and realizes the lack of
respect, what is most sacred to her now are the “duties to herself”
(3.314). She’s comes to the conclusion that, she wants to be respected and needs
to spend some time to figure out who she is if she is ever to be more than a
doll. At the end of the play Torvald is alone in the living room. He realizes
that they both have to respect each other as individuals in order to have a
real marriage.

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             Before
she exits the house, Nora say to her husband, Torvald “Our home has been
nothing but a playroom. I have been your doll wife” (3.286). With
statements like that it isn’t hard to guess where the title came from. Torvald
has treated Nora as nothing more than his doll appreciating nothing more than her
beauty. He dresses her up in costumes to dance for him and others for public
status. First, their fathers and brothers would control them while they were
still young and when they are married, their husbands would finally control
them (Bakken & Farrington, 2003, p. 327). Nora adds, “at home I was
papa’s doll child” (3.286). She’s never been anything more than a toy to
man. Their home and her life in reality, is all just for show.

Torvald
receives the blackmail letter and drops his genial act lashing out at Nora, realizing
that his reputation could be ruined. Upset and in the moment, he calls Nora a
hypocrite and liar, screaming that she has ruined his life. Torvald goes on to
say that she will not be allowed to raise their children and will remain in the
house only for public status. The maid then brings in another letter where
Torvald discovers that Nora’s contract has been returned. Ecstatic, Torvald
attempts to dismiss his past insults, but his harsh words don’t sit well with
Nora.

In
the beginning Nora and Torvald Helmer receives good about Torvalds job position.
He will be promoted to bank manager which to Nora means their money problems
are over. All is well except with new power comes threat and blackmail. Nora
has a secret deb. It wasn’t until the early 19th century that married
women could open bank accounts or take out loans. This play takes place before
that time. But although acquired with good intentions, a forged signature for
money will reveals Torvalds true colors.

 “To hold from this day forward, for better,
for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us
part”. Marriage is the union of two people with love so pure that only
death can do them to part. In a Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, Nora and Torvald
appear to show the elements of a flawless marriage. However, throughout the
play problems within Helmer marriage are exposed, a lack of respect, love and
selflessness. A relationship based on public status, where appearance matters
the most.

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