A Doll’s House Nora Essay

1372 words - 5 pages

Nora is the central character in the book A Doll’s House and it is
through her that Ibsen develops many of his themes

To what extent is loyalty shown by the lead female characters
characters? What are the consequences of this?

Within these two books loyalty is a minor theme and one that is easily
missed, indeed it is narrow. However, it is still one which weaves a
thread through both of the books encompassing major and minor
characters, the material and the abstract. In commencing this
discussion one must first refer to the definition of the word
“loyalty”; the quality of being loyal. As defined in the Cambridge
dictionary, loyal: firm and not changing in your friendship with or
support for a person or an organization, or in your belief in your
principles. And in the Collins dictionary, loyalty: faithful; a
feeling of friendship or duty towards someone or something.

Nora is the central character in the book “A Doll’s House” and it is
through her that Ibsen develops many of his themes, one of these being
the difficulty of maintaining an individual personality within the
confines of a social role/stereotype. Initially Nora seems devoted to
her marriage and her husband, “I would never dream of doing anything
you didn’t want me to”. We see the sacrifices she’s made to keep what
she has intact and her beloved alive. To all intents and purposes she
is the model of loyalty. She appears to be utterly in love with
Torvald, she “looks incredulously” at Mrs.Linde, “But, Kristine, is
that possible?”, when faced with the prospect that someone could be or
ever have been in a loveless marriage. She’s proud of her husband, “My
husband has just been made Bank Manager!”, and queen to please him,
“Oh, thank you, thank you, Torvald”, note the time she spent the
previous year trying to create the perfect holiday, “Three whole weeks
beforehand you shut yourself up…making flowers for the Christmas tree
and all the other splendid things you wanted to surprise us with.”.
She has complete confidence in the character of Torvald, “And so he
shall, Kristine. Just leave things to me.” Then we go onto discover
the extent of her faithfulness to her husband, securing, and dealing
with the subsequent paying off, a loan completely on her own; no mean
feat for a women who has been sheltered for all of her life; “…I
passed out of daddy’s hand into yours.”. She didn’t give up but
strived to save her husband’s life. Yet even at this point she is
showing some sign of not completely fitting into the mould. She shows
perceptiveness “..it would be…humiliating for him if he thought he
owed anything to me”, “…when Torvald isn’t quite so much in love with
me as he is now… then it might be good to

Heather Quelch

The Anglo European School

No. 0078

May 2002

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have something in reserve..” However, Nora’s safe little world is on
the verge of collapse as Krogstag challenges her with her crime and
the sure consequences she...

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