Henrik Ibsen’s Play a Doll’s House

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Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House is one play that led Ibsen to be the father of modern drama. Ibsen creates the theme of falseness of appearances through Nora’s contentment, Torvald’s supremacy, and Dr. Rank’s health. In the opening of the play, Nora and Torvald appear to be in boundless love with each other, and Dr. Rank is concealing his sickness from Torvald for he does not take well to any kind of ugliness.
To begin, in the start of the play Nora seems to be content in Torvald possessing control as well as pleasing his every desire. She appears content in molding herself into whatever Torvald wants her to be. Torvald often refers to Nora as his “little squirrel” as well as other insulting names; regardless, Nora does not seem to mind this. At this point in the play, Nora does not yet realized she has a self; she merely plays the role she is expected by society to play. Nora, raised by her father, immediately moves in with her husband. She has not experienced anything more than being treated like a doll. Nora and Torvald’s home not only appears to be the perfect marriage by being in love but also by being debt-free. This is until she reveals a secret to her friend Christine Linde that she illegally borrowed money from a source that she will not reveal to her friend. She is concealing this fact from Torvald to prevent him from feeling any humiliation. She lies to Torvald by telling him that the money came from her father. As the play progresses, Nora’s secret is revealed that also reveals the façade that is their marriage. She realizes she is truly unhappy. She also realizes she needs to find herself; not to mention she is doing neither herself nor her children any good by continuing to play the role she has grown accustomed to believing is her true self. Nora slams the door and walks out on her husband and children; therefore that scene became the most…...

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