Is A Doll’s House a suitable title for the play
Is ‘A Doll’s House’ a suitable title for the play? Refer to act one,
and the language of the characters.
Ibsen’s use of language creates a suitable title ‘A Doll’s House’.
This title represents and relates to the whole play. ‘A Doll’s House’
relates to power, it represents a doll being played with and owned.
This doll is controlled; its every move is depicted. The title is
significant to society and entrapment within the house.
Ibsen represents Nora as a doll. Nora therefore reacts in the same way
as a doll, trapped in a house. Helmer has power over Nora and treats
her as a doll, his doll. A doll’s house can look good and perfectly
innocent on the outside, but how about the inside? During this play we
acknowledge the truth underneath the prettiness of ‘A Doll’s House’.
The significance in the title is crucial to understanding the
relationship between Nora and Torvald. Deception is seen right away
with the macaroons. Their dialogue is not that of the one of an equal
couple. Dominance is depicted in this scene and we find that there is
almost a sense that Torvald owns Nora. Her significance was to bear
children and be pretty. Nora accepts this and has thrived under this
‘Doll House’ under the protection of her husband.
During act one; Ibsen creates a happy and normal atmosphere, within a
traditional 19 century nuclear family. Ibsen’s use of language creates
these different characters. For example, during the first act Nora
appears to be money hungry. “One, two…oh thank you Torvald”. All Nora
thinks about is money; she is very childish and manipulative. Like a
doll she does not take into consideration the real aspects of life. A
child plays joyfully with a dolls house and Nora plays her role in the
‘doll’s house’. Although Nora is childish she is also clever; using
her sexuality to get what she wants (when she plays with Torvald’s
coat buttons). When Helmer calls Nora pet names, she reacts to this
and acts like a pet. “My little squanderbird”. She does whatever the
‘master’ tells her to do.
Nora goes against Helmer’s rules; she gets a loan without Helmer
knowing. “He’s proud of being a man”. Nora knows that if Helmer was to
get a loan or be in debt, he’ll be very ashamed. He will be socially
embarrassed. People were meant to conform to their stereotypes and
behave in a conventional manner. His social status is important to
him. He understands the norms and values of society. Ibsen’s father
himself suffered from these financial problems and social
embarrassment of owing to poverty. This shows...