The Road To Nora Helmers Dissilusionment In Henry Ibsen´S Play The Doll House

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Henry Ibsen's play "The doll house" portrays many of the marriages in that time. Not only was it frowned upon for these marital problems to be talked about it was unheard of. The husbands and wives of this era were putting on an act of a perfect and happy marriage no matter the circumstances. This in itself showcases that disillusionment is inevitable and to come to the realization that something is not the way you thought it was can be one of the most difficult, yet liberating things to happen in an individuals life. This was especially true for Nora Helmer. The disillusionment in her marriage made her want to discover who she really is. Before she could discover who she was she had to go down a hard path of realization.
To be disillusioned is to be disappointed, and to be disappointed an individual must have previous expectations. Nora believed that her marriage was concrete and real. She wanted nothing more than to please Torvold, and be the best mother she could be. Nora was naïve, and unknowledgeable when it came to serious matters. Since she was a little girl she was to put on an act of perfection. Nora showed many different sides to her character during the play and Ibsen let the audience see glimpses of the person she was meant to be. She was resourceful, brave, strong willed, and rebellious; Foreshadowing to the overall end of her fake persona. All these un spoken traits were hidden by the act she put on to Torvold. Nora was playing a part in her marriage, she was obedient and would cater to Torvold's every need. Even risking her own integrity to make sure that Torvold is taken care of. Nora forges a loan to ultimately save Torvold's life and without the proper knowledge she has no idea how much of a risk she took for him; Until she is forced to realize.
Nora believed in her marriage even when faced with black mail. She thought that her husband would be there for her no matter the consequences. She set herself up for heartbreak and let down when she assumed that since she did something courageous for Torvold that he would return the favor and take the fall for her; She wanted a real life prince charming. "Something glorious is going to happen."(Ibsen 1049). Nora speaks these optimistic words to Mrs. Linde toward the end of Act Two as she tells her about what will happen when Torvald reads Krogstad’s letter detailing Nora’s secret loan and forgery. The "glorious thing" is that when...

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