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Burning Down the Doll House Til death do us part Well not always Everywhere one looks the violent shredding of a family is shrugged off like the daily weather and the treasured marriage vows have become nothing but a promise made to be broken Going against all the odds a woman faced in the late nineteenth century Nora went behind her husbands back borrowed a large sum of money forged her fathers signature and went on to pay it off with hopes of Torvald never hearing of it The play A Dolls House by Henrik Ibsen is a prime example of a relationship that was terribly structured The marriage of Torvald and Nora Helmer had many problems because of the slamming door and all that went before it I think most readers would identify with Nora To keep their nuptials alive and growing it must hold true to three qualities loyalty love and trust With the incorporation of these qualities any marriage would work Neither Nora nor Torvald had dependence in themselves enough to truly open and become loyal to one another Torvald was the owner of what he believed to be a perfect dollhouse Noras domineering father first controlled this dollhouse and once Nora was married the titles and deeds to this dollhouse were handed over to Torvald Nora is frequently equated with her father and the frequent references to him suggest that Nora does wish that she were like her father HELMER Very like your father NORA Ah I wish I had inherited many of Papas qualities Torvald feels that Nora should not be like her father and insults his character HELMER My little Nora there is an important difference between your father and me Your fathers reputation as a public official was not above suspicion Mine is and I hope it will continue to be so as long as I hold office Nora explains to Christine why she can not tell Torvald
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