- June 13, 2020
Duringthe early days of the nineteenth century, women across Europe hadvery little to say or even contribute to the social transformations,and such roles were left for men. However, various women emancipatedand rebelled in their ways against the set values and norms of thesociety. “A Doll’s House” is a play written by Henrik Ibsen in1879, with a central theme of exposing the role women played in thesociety in the Victorian era. The theme of the play reflects uponNora and her rebellious acts to go against the norms and socialinstitutions that limited participation of women in social affairs.According to the men, the women had roles to follow and live up tothe expectations of their husbands, take care of the homes andchildren with no independence at all. However, despite all the socialpressure and treatment from her husband, Nora manages to get out ofthe cocoon and live her life as she decides with the strugglespresent at the time. The paper focuses on her efforts to liberateherself from the bondages of her era of existence.
Herleading act of rebellion was when she took a loan to take care of herhusband, Torvalds’s medical bills. The law prohibited women fromtaking out a loan without the consent of their husbands. Her moveshowed she was not as helpless and submissive as her husband thoughtshe was. Her husband has a physical connection to her, not emotional.Torvald calls her a “poor helpless little creature” (Wilder,593) as he forces her to re-learn the tarantella dance. Additionally,she goes against her husband’s command and spends the little cashshe had to buy macaroons, which she had been strongly forbidden fromeating. Such restrictions show the mistrust the men had on women evenon very little money.
Noraleft her husband and her children, contrary to the expectations ofthe society that dictated that women should live to submit to thewill of their men and would take place beneath them. Torvald onlycares about his social status, and when Nora learns of the truefeelings that Torvald has towards her were majorly physical, shedecides to leave him, and forget everything in her past. She wants tolive her life as an adult, not as a child any longer, and she wantsto make her decisions, demanding the respect of a grown, responsible,mature woman, all contradicting any societal perception to the womenduring that period.
Inconclusion, all of her rebellious acts, Nora knew what the societyexpected of her. She planned and thought carefully of her rebelliousacts. Her rebellious acts and the courage to go against the socialinstitutions is a clear illustration from the author of the faultsthat consumed the society. Even though her actions were right by anymoral standard, the society could only look down upon her effortswith huge condemnation, even from her husband with whom they had a“perfect marriage” (Wilder,607). The so-called perfect marriage placed the husband as thebreadwinner hence, had the right to make every decision within thefamily. The women, on the other hand, were only objects for show andpleasure for the men, following every command from their men. Noradecided to go against all these expectations to set her life free, inthe act of love for her dying husband when she took out the loan.Despite her apparent efforts to bring love and understanding to themarriage, her husband and the society at large ignored andcontinually oppressed her and the women of her time.
Wilder,Thornton, and Henrik Isben. ADoll`s House., 2016. Print.