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Natural Mothers In Henrik Ibsen's, A Doll House

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Naturally Mothers
“It seems most commonly to be the mother's influence, though naturally a bad father's would have the same result.” (A Doll House, 70) In this quotation, Torvald from Henrik Ibsen's, A Doll House talks about Krogstad being a liar and mentions that almost all criminals have had lying mothers. The protagonist, Nora, feels very guilty because she is hiding a secret from her family. In life, women are naturally determine whether if they are good or bad mother. In two different pieces of work these two women chose either one. In A Doll House, by Henrik Ibsen, Nora is naturally a good mother. She loves, cares and enjoys spending time with her three children. In Madame ...view middle of the document...

Let me take her for a little, Anne. My sweet little baby doll! [Takes the baby from the MAID and dances it up and down.] Yes, yes, mother will dance with Bob too. What! Have you been snowballing? I wish I had been there too! No, no, I will take their things off, Anne; please let me do it, it is such fun. Go in now, you look half frozen. There is some hot coffee for you on the stove.” (61)

Nora haves a nice conversation with her children showing how affectionate she is. Even if Nora has a nurse taking care of her children, she still tries to have that special quality time and even plays games like Hide and Seek or just dance. Nora concludes, “Deprave my little children? Poison my home? It's not true. It can't possibly be true.” ( 71) She starts feeling guilty that she is poisoning her children with this secret of the loan when Torvald talks about Krogstad being a liar and mentions that almost all criminals have had lying mothers. Nora should not feel guilty because when Torvald gives her money for clothes, she buys cheap and sometimes not to pretty
clothes for herself and would prefer buying her children good quality clothes than later save the rest of money left to pay the loan. (55) She is simply a natural mother which is why Nora felt that she had to leave her family thinking that it was the right thing as a good mother to do. She
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didn't want to poison them anymore because she felt she was living a false life all these years with her husband and hiding the loan situation.

Emma is the opposite of Nora because she is careless, inattentive, and loves Berthe whenever she feels like it. Honestly Emma have had so many opportunities to be a natural, good mother but something else is more important then Berthe. When Emma knew she was pregnant, “She hoped for a son, he would be strong and dark and she would call him Georges.” (84)...

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