A Doll’s House Analysis
In the play “A Doll’s House”, Henrik Ibsen has identified the woes and worries of feminism in the traditional English culture of the past where a woman was considered more of a possession than a living member of a family with emotions and choice. The story explains that even if a woman was not tortured in the old English society, the fundamental structure of the family required her to give more than take. While conducting an in-depth analysis of the play, one gets to realize that several questions have been raised in the play by Ibsen, some of which have been answered by the author and others are not. Here are some of the questions raised in A Doll’s House:
1. Why is Nora called a doll in the play?
2. What is the meaning of independence to a woman?
3. What are the fundamental traits of feminism?
4. Is a woman’s personal freedom more important than the relationships she is tied into?
5. Were the traditional English culture of the 19th century and earlier unjust towards the women of that age?
Among the questions listed above, Ibsen has very appropriately explained the fundamental traits typical of the female gender and illustrated that Nora was a doll in the house essentially because her husband possessed her like children possess toys and dolls. Calling Nora a doll not only speaks of her beauty but also shows that being a doll, she is not supposed or allowed to have her own emotions or independence and this doll has always been at the dispense of her immediate male relatives including her father and then her husband. The portrayal of Nora’s character in the play clearly explains the position of women of the 19th century in which the play was written.
A Doll’s House – A work of realism
A Doll’s House is indeed quite realistic in its depiction of the women’s nature and their psychological underpinnings. The author has emphasized that over-comfort never brings happiness. Nora was babysat throughout her life first by her father and then by her husband. They would bring her all she required even before she would ask for that. But this never made her happy. She felt possessed and dependent upon her relations for her fundamental needs. She wanted an escape. Human cravings are never satisfied. Critiques argue that A Doll House is not truly realistic given the dramatic plot of the play and the suspense Ibsen has incorporated into the story in moments such as the one when the doorbell rings at critical times warning Nora and exciting the readers. But the critiques have confused realism with naturalism. Realism gives the story room to be slightly unrealistic in order for the writer to convey his message as effectively as achievable. The story goes unrealistic especially when every scene is meaningful and every quote is building up the story. Characters move in and out of the room as per the demand of the story.
Works cited Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll’s House. Griffith, Farran, Okeden and Welsh, 1890. Print.