Nora's Secession in 'A Doll's House' Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Nora's Secession in 'A Doll's House'
This paper examines Nora Helmer's secession in Henrik Ibsen's work "A Doll's House".
# 119730 | 1,834 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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In this article, the writer studies Henrik Ibsen's three-act play "A Doll's House" that is a commentary of sorts on the position of women in the late 19th century. The writer focuses on the female protagonist, Nora Helmer, dissects Nora's relationship with her husband and proceeds to understand when and why the final moment of truth dawned on the lady in question. The writer does not seek to merely explore the feminist undertones of the play, but attempts to provide the audience with an insightful perspective on one woman's epiphany.

Nora Helmer - A Character Profile
Torvald Helmer: A Character Profile
Nora's Realization - The Psychology of Nora's Call
The Author's Impact

From the Paper:

"Torvald chooses for Nora's fancy dress costume a Neapolitan fisher-girl's dress, and the sight of her dancing in it throws him into a state of erotic fascination. This reinforces the idea that it is Nora's superficial and transient qualities, such as her beauty, that Torvald most appreciates. It is also significant that when the Nurse first brings out the dress in Act 2, Nora noticing that it is torn is tempted to rip it to shreds; this is symbolic of the state of her marriage.
When the Tarantella is done, Torvard gives Mrs Linde a picture of Nora's performance with all the respect one would of a child, in an openly mocking manner, and also admits to having forced her exit from the hall without paying heed to her wishes ."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "A Doll's House." E. Haldeman-Julius (Ed). Wikisource: The Free Library. 18 April 2007 <>.
  • "A Doll's House: An Introduction." Archer, William. 18 April 2007
  • Hamilton, Clayton. The Theory of the Theatre: And Other Principles of Dramatic Criticism. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1910.
  • Ibsen, Henrik. Doll's House and Other Plays. Trans. Peter Watts. Viking Press: 1965.
  • Jacobus, Lee A. The Bedford Introduction to Drama (5th Ed). Boston and New York: Bedford/St. Martins, 2005. ISBN 0312414412.

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