What happens when a woman saves her husband’s life with an illegal transaction? She learns how little he loves her. In this play, Nora signs an illegal transaction to secure the money needed to take Torvald on a trip to Italy in order to save him from an illness. It keeps the transaction and payment condition a secret.
Everything runs smoothly until the end of the loan. By this time, Torvald is promoted and wishes to dismiss Krogstad, who had aided Nora and, secretly, Torvald. In his place, Torvald places an old friend of Nora. He finally discovers the secret transaction and expels his wife, who will be convicted of fraud. The document is returned to Nora because Krogstad is moved, but the same does not happen with Torvald. He forgives her only because she will not be expelled, but cannot keep her as the wife that was during the hard times.
The dollhouse is destroyed.The beginning of the play leaves us the matrimonial situation of Nora, exemplary housewife, and Torvald Helmer, bank that put honesty above all. With three children, the two are at Christmas time and are eagerly awaiting the promotion her husband received in his banking role, which would change the family’s precarious financial situation. In the first dialogues staged the relationship between Nora and Torvald is already clear, her husband treats her like a child, releasing phrases such as “I could only be a woman”, “head of the wind”, “my sweet tooth” and several others.
Such treatment becomes clear when Helmer’s censorship for eating sweets:”(p.12) Helmer: Did not you even nibble on one or two almond cakes?””Nora: No, Torvald, not really; I assure you.””Helmer: Well, well, of course I was joking.
“”Nora: (approaching from the table to the right) I would be unable to do anything that displeased him.””Helmer: I know; then you gave me your word … (Approaching Nora) Come on, save your Christmas secrets just for you, my dear Nora; they will soon be revealed to us when the candles in the tree are lit.
“The piece is passed sec. XIX. This explains the machism that prevails in the social vision of marriage and in the image that a wife must pass society.I can imagine how the novel “The Doll House” may have impacted society at the time. After all, the strong deconstruction of the sanctified feminine figure that arrives at the inadaptability of a happiness built in the bosom of the home, having the husband, the children and the social conventions in force. In favor of this deconstruction of happy feminine identity in this decadent bourgeois social environment, the author gives a tragic ending breaking with all the moorings of the false masks of his characters. Thus Ibsen’s pieces are constructed, focusing more on the characters than on the situations, creating realistic dramas of psychological conflicts. Its central theme is the individual’s duty to himself.
In the task of self-realization Ibsen’s characters face the antiquated conventions of bourgeois society. Ibsen’s anarchist individualism left deep marks on the younger generation outside of Norway, where he was considered a revolutionary writer. In his personal life, however, he was seen as moralistic and conservative.Impressive as the rhythm of the narrative changes rapidly, begun in the form of a play, in three acts, with its characters flourished by social appearances impregnated with their contaminated social facets (paternalistic discourse, figure of the woman as a non-thinking being, materially and psychologically dependent of the male figure), and quickly becomes the second and third acts, in which the narrative is presented, ending with the final female liberation of the main character, Norma, the doll woman, of all her poorly constructed mask along a walk without identity. The male character well dressed in his nuances of false home provider, treating the female figure as a fully controllable, unidentified doll, close to the figure of the treatment of a father to a spoiled daughter.
When Nora realizes that the world is not exactly as she imagined, she reevaluates her whole life from basic education to her marriage and realizes that her place in society is zero. She is not what she wanted to be. She’s just a mirror of what they said she should be.
The last fifteen pages of this play are essentially a discourse of Nora’s emancipation before the two men in her life who have made her the foolish being she is today: her father and her husband. When the character only realizes she has been treated differently just because she was a woman she decided to take her position as a woman and leave. “The Doll House” shows the main character of the play, Nora Helmer, who struggles to free herself from her “doll” role of her husband Torvald, seeking to be true to herself and find her own way in the world. Ibsen’s portrayal of nineteenth-century marital norms was controversial when the play was staged for the first time, but Nora’s character soon became an important worldwide symbol for women struggling for liberation and equality. The play shows how the character was treated like a toy, a doll for the fact that the husband did not know Nora for whom she really was, he uses her for sex rather than his own wife. The husband states “The child shall have her way” this quote shows how the relationship between the couple was more like father and daughter rather than husband and wife.
Nora sees herself trapped in a world where she had to be someone in which she was not just to pleasure her husband. The character in order to get what she needed or wanted, had to persuade the husband and be who he wanted her to be. At that time the author shows how the women were treated. The woman at that time had to understand in their early life that the only door for a life that was, at the same time, easy and respectful was the marriage. Soon, she depended on her beauty, conforming to the masculine taste of those days, to his charm and the arts of her dresser.
In conclusion, even nowadays there is a huge amount of women who sacrifice themselves most of the times even more than the man, but the sexism rule this. In my opinion, the world has made an amazing improvement with the equality between man and women, but there is still a lot to be done. In order for that change to happen woman need to prove that they are no doll, that women are as equal as a man and this can be made by a woman getting out of their comfort zone of being a housewife and prove that they can be independent and work as well.