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In Ibsens play A Dolls House today one may find it hard to imagine how daring it seemed at the time Its theme the emancipation of a woman makes it seem almost contemporary Written during the Victorian era the controversial play featuring a woman seeking individuality caused more trouble than any of Ibsens other works This play portrayed the role of women as the comforter helper and supporter of man A Dolls House introduced woman as having her own purposes and goals in life that they would like to accomplish Nora Helmer the helpless wife slowly changes through the play and eventually realizes that she must stop being her husbands doll and become an individual Although Noras relationship with her husband was to be expected during the time it was written there were many clues that set off at the kind of marriage Nora and Torvald had Throughout the play it was obvious that Torvald did love Nora but only how a person would love a prized possession She relied on him for everything from movements to thoughts much like a puppet who is dependent on its puppet master for all of its actions He enjoyed how everything was perfect how he could do anything with her and loved having his perfect wife in his perfect house with their perfect children and he loved her as deeply as he could understand the world Nora pretended that she needed Torvald to teach her every move in order to relearn the dance This is obviously an act and it shows how much of a doll to Torvald she is After the dance lesson he states When I saw you turn and sway in the tarantella--my blood was pounding till I couldnt stand it showing how he is more interested in Nora physically than emotionally When Nora responds by saying Go away Torvald Leave me alone I dont want all this Torvald asks Arent I your husband
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