Final Essay: A Doll House
The main characters name is Nora Helmer. She is married to a bank manager named Torvald. In the early years of their marriage just after their first child, Torvald becomes ill. Doctors say that he will not live unless he goes abroad immediately. Nora takes it upon herself and borrows money from Krogstad. She is dishonest with Torvald and says her father gave it to her. It is illegal because she forged her dying father’s signature on the document. Later, Torvald finds out Nora’s lies, and they get into a fight. At the end of the play, Nora makes a decision to leave and that was not a mistake on her part.
First of all, In order to protect her children from a false life, Nora had no choice but to leave. Nora has personal ethics as we can see in the play. She says, “A daughter hasn’t a right to protect her dying father from anxiety and care? A wife hasn’t a right to save her husband’s life? I don’t know much about laws, but I’m sure that somewhere in the books these things are allowed…” She puts herself in this tragic situation by not being honest. Nora lies to herself and the ones she cares about. However, the law does not concern itself with motives. In the end she still broke the rules. Moreover, she makes a silly excuse, “I did it out of love.” She is a hypocrite, a liar, a criminal and wretched woman. She is not best mother for her children even though she loved them like a mother loves her children. It was best for her to leave.
Nora’s leaving at the end of the play is not a mistake not only because of protecting her children from a false life but also bringing benefit to both Nora and Torvald. There is no faith between Nora and Torvald. Torvald doesn't trust her with any money and with the little money that he does entrust her with he is afraid that she will spend it on Macaroons, a candy that he has forbid her to eat, and he says she spends money very foolishly. Torvald treats Nora like a doll. He calls her by all manner of...