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Henrik Ibsens A Dolls House In Henrik Ibsens A Dolls House the main male character Torvald Helmer speaks very condescendingly to his wife Nora throughout the first act of the play He has a definite and narrow definition of a womans role which is clearly exemplified in his dialect towards his wife as well as in reference to her In his opinion it is the divine duty of a woman to be a good wife to her husband and a good mother to her children Furthermore he tells Nora that women are solely responsible for the morality of their children yet also somewhat contradicts his point at the same time in reference to Krogstad It generally comes from the mothers side but of course the fathers influence may act in the same way 164 Basically he sees women as child-like careless helpless creatures detached from reality while they also must act as prominent moral forces responsible for the purity of the world via their influence in the home Torvald also has nearly no trust in Nora In the first act he continually scoffs at her for her flirtatious way of spending money stating Its a sweet little lark but it gets through a lot of money No one would believe how much it costs a man to keep such a little bird as you Ibsen 140 He continuously mentions how he would give her money if she would do with it as he sees fit then gives in as his part of this game they play with one another where Nora plays dumb so she may have what she wants Torvald calls Nora a number of names in the first act including my little lark little spendthrift little rogue squirrel little songbird poor little Nora and little woman Ibsen 137-154 Torvald is extremely consistent about using the modifier little before the names he attaches to Nora followed with my an indication of his belief that
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