Drama Essay on the Play “A Doll’s House”
A Doll’s House Nora is one of the most important characters in the play ‘A Doll’s House’ by Henrik Ibsen. Her character has been shown expressing a lot of happiness in the start. In this play, Nora’s character is more of a doll like character in which she has been whammed, favored, and patronized. Nora thinks her beauty and her helpless act is the best she has to offer and it is what her husband desires from her. Nora is very much dependent on other, but she has a strength which no one knows about. She deceits, lies, and manipulates people in secret so that she gets what she wants. Many characters in the play have helped here awakening. Gradually, she has become a serious and an independent woman from a silly and dependent girl.
Kristine Linde was a very old friend of Nora whom she had not met for many years. She did not recognize Kristine, but got to know later. Mrs. Kristine Linde has played a vital role in Nora’s life. She transformed and completely changed the life of Nora from a doll-like wife who is considered as a squirrel and a skylark by her mate to a lady of great potential determined to change her entire fate. Had Mrs. Linde not helped Nora and taken actions for her, Nora would have remained as her husband’s doll and she would have been unable to see the reality apart from it. “When youve sold yourself once for the sake of others, you dont do it second time.” (Ibsen, 210)
Krogstad was the catalyst of the play in the beginning. He was not an antagonist and adversary as the audience thought of him before. As Nora was living a happy life with her husband as he was about to get a promotion, Krogstad makes it worse for them. He starts to blackmail Nora as she faked a signature of her father’s to receive a bank loan without anyone knowing about it. Krogstad kept on blackmailing Nora as he wanted a position in the bank which would have been possible if Nora’s husband agrees for it. However, all the blackmailing had not changed a single thing about the nature of Nora. But, it provided a new opening for her potential which she has never reached. Nora, all her life, had pretended to live a life as a person she never was. During this time, Nora found out that she has got some serious dancing and singing skills.
Doctor Rank was an unneeded and irrelevant supporting character when he was introduced in the play. He does not add more to the story and the plot and had the same impact in it as of Krogstad and Mrs. Kristine Linde. However, the only impact he made was that he was one of the closest people to the family. He played an important role in making Nora realize her worth. He made Nora feel that how inferior Torvald thought of Nora.
In a nutshell, Nora emerged as a true warrior who broke from the barriers of the society. She not just empowered but became self reliant. She is a source of inspiration for the women of that society.
Ibsen, Henrik. A dolls house. New York: Dover Publications, 1992. Print.