Mrs. Maggie Hughes
English II Honors
13 October 2017
Rights of a Women in “A Doll’s House”
During the Victorian era, women did not have many rights. Even in today’s society, some women still feel that they do not have equal rights. “A Doll’s House” was written in the midst of this era and demonstrates this idea greatly. I argue that in “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen and “Girls just wanna have fun” by Cyndi Lauper, Torvald controlled Nora in a negative way because he forbids macaroons, called her various pet names, and treated her like a doll.
At the beginning of this play, Nora begins secretly eating macaroons. According to her husband Torvald they are banned. This is when Doctor Rank, a friend of Nora’s, said, “What, macaroons? I thought they were forbidden here” (Ibsen 34). Nora then gets cautious and says, “Yes, but these are some Christine gave me” (Ibsen 34). This goes along with lyrics “I wanna be the one to walk in the sun.” Meaning Nora wants to do what she wishes. She knows she is not allowed to eat macaroons but she also knows she does not need to be controlled by Torvald. Forbidding macaroons shows how Torvald was even controlling over the littlest nicks and crannies. Torvald not letting Nora do what she wants made her more distant from him because when she was away she could do what she sought and live how she desired.
As soon as the play started, Torvald automatically stated his first pet name, Little Lark. Some of the names Torvald called Nora is names you would consider inappropriate. Torvald says, “Little featherbrain!” (Ibsen 100) he is essentially saying she has no brain. “What you gonna do with your life?” This verse goes along with the line in the play because Torvald is saying she is a featherbrain and she does not have plans for herself. The way he shapes this is like...