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Perspectives Of Marriage In Literary Work A Dolls House And Pride And Prejudice

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Perspectives of Marriage In Literary Work In A Dolls House by Henrik Ibsen, and in Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice marriage is a major theme. It is a theme not always about love but about money, appearance, and self worth. This theme of marriage directly ties these two stories together and it also emphasizes character development and enlightenment. As these stories progress we see dramatic changes in our main characters. These changes lead to a realization about the true meaning of love and marriage. Minor characters also play a large part in the theme of marriage. They can act as foils to our main characters in their perspectives of marriage. Similarly, these two stories view marriage as a means of gaining land, money, support and image and not always about love and happiness.From the beginning of A Dolls House Ibsen portraits Torvald as the dominate male and as the controller of the household and Nora as the little house wife acting childish and immature. As the story progresses, over a span of only a few days, Nora grows up tremendously and she realizes that her relationship with Torvald was not one out of love. She realized that her relationship with Torvald was very similar to that of her father. Torvald, she realizes, treated her like a doll, and likewise Nora treated their children like Dolls."You have always been so kind to me. But our home has been nothing but a playroom. I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I was papa's doll-child; and here the children have been my dolls. I thought it great fun when you played with me, just as they thought it great fun when I played with them. That is what our marriage have been, Torvald."(Pg. 64, A Dolls)" This passage by Nora sums up their entire marriage. Their marriage was not an unhappy marriage, yet it was not a happy marriage. Nora feels as though she was treated as a possession and that Torvald never really loved her as she never really loved him. They did not share the responsibilities of the household in fact Nora didn't even have access to the mailbox. Nora had no say in the affairs of the house, she acted solely as a "wife ought to". She remarks to her husband, "We have been married now eight years. Does it not occur to you that this is the first time we two, you and I, husband and wife, have had a serious conversation?"(Pg. 63, A Dolls) Nora realizes that throughout their entire marriage she was not happy "only merry." This realization led to Nora's leaving Torvald. She believes the only way she can become free is to be educated. Throughout the entire scene where Nora is explaining to Tovald why she must leave him he is still trying to think of ways to make her stay. He even asks her, "But can't we live like brother and sister-?" Torvald is terrified of what his image will be after his wife leaves him. This is a time period when divorces were very much out of the ordinary and almost never did a woman leave her husband and children. Yet, at this point Nora believes her children...

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