A Doll’s House

ADoll’s House

HenrikIbsen’s play ‘’ was very popular in the 19thcentury. The play comprises of three acts and premiered in 1879 inthe famous Royal theatre in Copenhagen. Nora is the heroine of theplay with the theme being marriage norms and values in the era. Thispaper is the analysis of the plot used in the play.

Actone begins as Nora Helmer coming back home after a Christmas shoppingon the Christmas Eve and tips the porter double which appears to besomething unusual for her to do. This progress to her conversationwith her husband, Torvald Helmer, who is extremely concerned aboutmoney spent. Mrs. Helmer expresses Christmas shopping is worth thecost because of her husband promotion at work. The plot in the firstact is all about money, which is evident in Mr. Helmer’s accostingof Mrs. Helmer about indulging her sweet tooth. The moneyconversation goes on with the entry of two friends Dr. Rank and Mrs.Linde who is seeking a job. The plot about money in act one thickensas Nora admits to forgery to her friend, which shows a different kindof trait. The reason for the missing last Christmas presents despiteher locking herself up in the room to make them is confessed. Anothervisitor Krogstad who also works in the bank with Mr. Helmer comesinto the scene also with money issues. Krogstad coming is to persuadeTorvald not to sack him because of a forgery in the bank consequentlyhe blackmails Nora to assist him in his endeavor to evade the sack.The plot is cloaked by secrets that play here moving to next actseamlessly.

Inact two, the secrets in act one spills over here with an unexpectedtwist. Nora tells Dr. Rank secret to Mrs. Linde who then guesses Dr.Rank to be the source of the discreet loan, which Nora denies. Theplot here in act two is about coverts, which every character playswith the only exception being Mr. Helmer. Nora gets persuasive withher husband in a bid to stop Krogstad sacking to protect her forgerysecret. This plans backfires resulting to Mr. Helmer sending thesacking letter. Then enters Dr. Rank the conversation between himand Nora reveals the love he has for her. The disclosure complicatesmatters as it comes immediately she flirts with him by showingstockings. Krogstad’s dismissal happens and he comes to Nora toretaliate by revealing her forgery secret to ruin the Helmer family.The letter Krogstad leaves is addressed to Torvald but throughdeception, Nora draws her husband from work to teach her dancing toprolong her secret staying safe for some hours. The same act Mrs.Linde’s secret of her and Krogstad being lovers at some point isalso revealed to Nora.

Thethird act is a transition of act two which involves the revelation ofsome dirty little secrets. It commences with Mrs. Linde admission toKrogstad of her love for him despite marrying the late Mr. Linde forfinancial purposes only. To pursue her feelings, she is prepared totake care of Krogstad and his children. As a result, he is overjoyedby the turn of events. However, he becomes suspicious of Mrs. Lindewhen he requests her to destroy the letter. The plot here is acarryover from the second act. Mrs. Linde counters that the Helmers’need to know the truth. Torvald and Nora enter as Krogstad exits withTorvald being liberal with compliments to Nora for the benefit ofMrs. Linde turns on his face when he reads Krogstad letter. Nora’scalmness in receiving her husband’s rant expresses her coming toterms with her husband’s character. Therefore, when they receiveKrogstad’s letter retracting the blackmail and giving them theincriminating evidence. At this point, her mind is made up. Noraleaves her husband for good to live her own life. The third act’splot is about revelation of the truth.

Thecentral theme in the play is based on how women were treated in the19thcentury families. They were expected to play second fiddle to men anorm that is tackled in the play. This scenario is articulated bywomen in the play following their hearts. For instance, the heroineNora and Mrs. Linde who marries for love in her second marriage, showgreat determination to go after objects of their desires. The playends with Nora banging the door, which conveys the closing of herdollhouse life it equally depicts the opening of new frontiers. Thesolution proffered in the play is not an end to itself but a startingpoint for an exploration to the right answer.


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Ibsen,Henrik. Adoll`s house.A&ampC Black, 2008.