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Strength in Henrik Ibsens A Doll House Women have played many roles in marriage throughout history but the primary one has been the role of the submissive attentive attractive wife This role mainly composed of living for her husband and her children Henrik Ibsen in his play A Dolls House examines the of the roles of women and men in marriage A Doll House shows us the story of a woman regaining her strength and self-respect The main character Nora begins a difficult search for the self esteem and self worth she has never experienced before In the beginning of the play Ibsen outlines the typical marital relationship between Torvald and Nora Torvald is the strong dignified husband while Nora is little lark twittering 1565 Torvalds continual reference to Nora using bird names parallels Noras image of herself In the first act Torvald continually refers to Nora as his little spendthrift his little scatterbrain his squirrel sulking and mostimportantly his song bird1565 These images of weak birds characterize Nora as a weak person The simple twittering little birds we see every day are very susceptible to cold weather and to dying and so is Nora The images of a little spendthrift and a little scatterbrain indicate stupidity and ignorance Nora cant think for herself because her thoughts are scattered and unorganized She cant assume responsibility for money because she will waste it In the character of Torvald we are led to believe that he is the loving and accommodating husband He treats Nora like a child and she not knowing any better at this stage acts accordingly For example as a child forbidden by its mother from eating candy before dinner Nora hides her macaroons from Torvald Acting like her parent Torvald suspects her of hiding macaroons from him He repeatedly asks her if she is sure she didnt eat any macaroons Surely my sweet tooth hasnt
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