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Kachramani Filia ENG 275 Instructor Dr Pappas A Dolls House by Henrik Ibsen In A Dolls House by Ibsen in Act II Dr Rank and Nora have the chance to talk in private Through Dr Ranks and Noras conversation the themes of parental obligation and religion that are evident throughout the play are being discussed The theme of the parents obligation towards their children as well as the need for the children when older to take care of the parents is a theme that is present throughout the play A perfect example of a child that took care the parent sacrificing any personal happiness is Kristina Noras friend Kristina had an ill mother to support and two young brothers and since she was coming from a very poor family she had to marry a man that she didnt love so that she could take care of the people that she loved Nora is it really true that you didnt love your husband Kristina My mother was still alive she was bedridden and helpless And then I had my two young brothers to look after 1772 1773 Kristina did for her ill mother and young brothers what exactly a mother would do for her sick child in the same self-denial even though she was in love with a young but nevertheless poor man The magnitude of Kristinas help is revealed at the end of the play when after twelve years she meets again the man that she loved and finally gets a second chance Kristina Nils give me somebody and someone to work for I need someone to mother and your children need a mother 1807 But on the other hand Ibsen suggests that when parents are not right towards their children not only they do not deserve their childrens attention and care but also they should stay away from their children because chances are that they would do more
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