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The Doll House: Love And Betrayal In Dramas

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The dramatis personae from drama are the subjects of plot development, and each character has his/her characteristics which show the quality of life as a human being. One essential quality of a human being is love, specially the love between husband and wife. Ideally, love creates us and our family. The concept of love, however, often relates to sensitive issues like betrayal and disappointment. The role of a wife and the ideal stereotype of a woman can be seen in examples from Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll House” and “The Lady from the Sea.”In the “A Doll House,” Nora does not realize that she is living as her husband’s doll until she becomes aware of her husband’s true personality. That reality is why she never resists or complains about her life before she perceives the fact.Nora (going to the table, right): You know I could never think of going against you. (1588)Nora (going toward the stove): Yes, whatever you say, Torvald. (1587)Helmer: ……My little songbird must never do that again. A songbird needs a clean beak to warble with. No false notes. (Putting his arm about her waist.) That’s the way it should be, isn’t it?.....When Mr. Helmer gets to know about Nora’s forgery, however, he reveals his true character. Nora concludes her life is being controlled by him as a doll, and she decides to leave home to be an independent human being.Nora (shaking her head): you never loved me. You’ve thought in fun to be in love with me, that’s all…(1629)Nora: … You arranged everything to your own taste, and so I got the same taste as you – or I pretended to…… I have to try to educate myself. You can’t help me with that. I’ve got to do it alone. And that’s why I’m leaving you now. (1630)In the Helmer’s time, society demanded the woman to be totally self-sacrificial. Nora and Helmer’s conversation shows the atmosphere of the times.Helmer: Before all else, you’re a wife and mother.Nora: I don’t believe that anymore. I believe that, before all else, I’m a human being, no less than you – or anyway, I ought to try to become one. I know the majority thinks you’re right, Torvald, and plenty of books agree with you, too. But I can’t go on believing what the majority says, or what’s written in books. I have to think over these things myself and try to understand them.Even if Nora declares her righteousness and self-reliance, she also knows that from her decision she will encounter criticism by social pressure. Nevertheless, Nora pursues equal rights for women as a self-determining individual, and that pursuit establishes her subjectivity.In another Ibsen play, “The Lady from the Sea,” Ellida portrays her love for and her role as a woman. After Doctor Wangel’s first wife died, Ellida married him. She has two step-daughters, but there is no real affection between her and them. She was once...

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