?“In A Doll’s House” has a few different themes that are shown throughout the movie. It has a lot to do with the sacrificial role held by women of all economic classes in society, the low position that women have in their society and how men always have to control their women, and the life of what is known as a “trophy wife”. The theme that shows the sacrificial role of women in their society can be seen throughout the movie. In general, the play’s female characters exemplify Nora’s assertion that even though men refuse to sacrifice their integrity, “hundreds of thousands of women have.
” In order to support her mother and two brothers, Mrs. Linde found it necessary to abandon Krogstad, her true but penniless love, and married a richer man. The nanny had to abandon her own child to support herself by working as Nora’s (and then as Nora’s children’s) caretaker. As she tells Nora, the nanny considers herself lucky to have found the job, since she was “a poor girl who’d been led astray”. We can also see that Nora goes through a great deal of sacrifice during the play.
Towards the beginning of the play, we learn that Nora makes a loan with a fake signature all to help her husband to get the treatment he needs. On top of that, Nora’s abandonment of her children can also be interpreted as an act of self-sacrifice. In spite of her tremendous love for her children, which can clearly be seen by the way she interacts with them and her great fear of corrupting them, she leaves them. Nora truly believes that the nanny will be a better mother and that leaving her children is in their best interest. The theme that women have a low status in society is one of the main aspects of the play.
Though Nora is economically advantaged in comparison to the play’s other female characters, she still lives a difficult life because society dictates that Torvald be the marriage’s dominant partner. Torvald issues decrees and condescends to Nora, and Nora must hide her loan from him because she knows Torvald could never accept the idea that his wife (or any other woman) had helped save his life. Furthermore, she must work in secret to pay off her loan because it is illegal for a woman to obtain a loan without her husband’s permission.
In addition, this constitutes to the fact that most of the men thus find themselves superior to the female gender. It’s clear from the play that Torvald feels that he is in control of Nora. A perfect example is when Nora was dancing while Torvald was playing the piano. During this scene, Torvald clearly asks Dr. Rank to play the piano so he could “control” Nora because she was dancing inadequately. Besides this, another sign that indicates that Torvald controls his wife is when towards the end of the play when Nora receives a letter.
The fact that when Nora asked to read it herself and Torvald opened it and read it for her showed that he feels he has complete control over her and that she doesn’t have the control to even read her own letters. The last theme that stood out to me was how Nora seemed to be living a perfect life, yet she had many issues regarding who she was. She in fact is a “trophy wife” who didn’t know much about anything except how to look good and how to please her husband (to some extent). The fact that she was heavily pampered as a kid by her father really reflects a lot on her personality.
For example, she would play hide and go seek with her kids just as if she was a kid herself. Also she would rub her noise and make a childish sound to make her husband happy and to express her own happiness. The fact that she was spoiled as a kid and eventually married a rich husband who spoiled her as well shows the live of a “trophy wife”. I was able to relate to this play a great deal because the themes that occurred in this play is rampant throughout my home country and to some extent my own family. The theme of the “trophy doll” is common amongst the upper class in India where the rich man gets a wife that has the best of looks.
However, she doesn’t have any authority over anything nor does she make any important decision. These wives aren’t in any financial crisis by any means, but they are in a crisis within themselves because they don’t really know who they are. Another role that I can relate to, to some extent, is the sacrificial role played by women. In my home country, and even in my family, the women give up a lot in order to live with the person who they marry. My mom and all of my uncle’s wives moved away from home into another country to live with their husbands.
One of my aunties even gave up her career and studies in exchange for becoming a housewife. This director of “A Doll’s House” was none other than Henrik Ibsen. Henrik Ibsen, considered by many to be the father of modern prose drama, was born in Skien, Norway, on March 20, 1828. He was the second of six children. Ibsen’s father was a prominent merchant, but he went bankrupt when Ibsen was eight years old, so Ibsen spent much of his early life living in poverty. From 1851 to 1864, he worked in theaters in Bergen and in what is now Oslo (then called Christiania).
At age twenty-one, Ibsen wrote his first play, a five-act tragedy called Catiline. Ibsen eventually made his masterpiece, “A Doll’s House”, in 1879 while he was living in Italy. Ibsen followed A Doll’s House with two additional plays written in an innovative, realistic mode: Ghosts, in 1881, and An Enemy of the People, in 1882. Both were successes. Ibsen began to gain international recognition, and his works were produced across Europe and translated into many different languages. On 23 May 1906, Ibsen died in his home at Arbins gade 1 in Oslo after a series of strokes in March 1900.