Doll House Criticism

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Doll House

One of A Doll's House's central theme is secession from society. It is demonstrated by
several of its characters breaking away from the social standards of their time and acting
on their own terms. No one character demonstrates this better than Nora.

During the time in which the play took place society frowned upon women asserting
themselves. Women were supposed to play a role in which they supported their husbands,
took care of their children, and made sure everything was perfect around the house. Work,
politics, and decisions were left to the males. Nora's first secession from society was
when she broke the law and decided to borrow money to pay for her husband's treatment. By
doing this, she not only broke the law but she stepped away from the role society had
placed on her of being totally dependent on her husband. She proved herself not to be
helpless like Torvald implied: "you poor helpless little creature!" Nora's second
secession from society was shown by her decision to leave Torvald and her children.
Society demanded that she take a place under her husband. This is shown in the way Torvald
spoke down to her saying things like: "worries that you couldn't possibly help me with,"
and "Nora, Nora, just like a woman." She is almost considered to be property of his:
"Mayn't I look at my dearest treasure? At all the beauty that belongs to no one but me
-that's all my very own?"

By walking out she takes a position equal to her husband and brakes society's
expectations. Nora also brakes society's expectations of staying in a marriage since
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