A Doll House By Ibsen Essay

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A Doll House By Ibsen


Helmer is a successful bank lawyer in the drama 'A Doll House'; written by Henrik Ibsen.
His wife's name is Nora. She is a housewife with three children and gets help raising them
from her maid Helen. Nora and Helmer are both busy people within their lives. Little do
they know that their marriage is not safe due to the fact that it is not given first
priority in the lives they led. The action takes place in their home. Helmer is very
protective when it comes to the family image that is portrayed to the public. This is
because his career, as a lawyer, depends on it. He feels that he should have a perfect
public image for the sake of his career and not his family, since that is what comes first
in his life. This is seen when he discovers a letter from a bank that his wife, Nora, gets
a loan from. He finds out that the loan was acquired illegally through forgery. She uses
her father's signature. Helmer immediately strips her of all her rights to him as his wife
and to the children as their mother. He does not ask for divorce since this will not be a
good public image for his career, instead he asks her to have a separate room from his and
limits her time with the children. Helmer is the rule maker of his house. He meticulously
gives details on how he wants his house run. He has set time for everything, when the
meals are prepared, when the children should go to sleep, when they should wake up, what
to eat, when to check the mail etc. This is probably the reason why he is successful in
his career. He is again putting his career as first priority and uses the principal that
he applies to it in the family. Helmer has an office in the house of with he gives limited
accesses to his wife, Nora. He treats her as if she was one of his children instead of
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