A Dollhouse Character Analysis Outline

ADollhouse: Character Analysis


A Dollhouse: Character Analysis

  1. What A Dollhouse is all about

  2. The play’s main theme: “Sacrificial role of women”

  3. Theme statement: Nora father is a character who does not appear at all in the play but is a significant influence on the actions, development and creation of the play’s theme.

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  1. Torvald, Nora’s husband needs medical attention

  2. Nora fakes her father’s sign to get the money to take her husband to Italy to receive treatment

  3. Krogstad, a junior employee at the bank, which Torvald is the manager is fired due to misconduct and threatens to reveal Nora’s illegal act.

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  1. Nora uses her friend Christine to convince Krogstad not to destroy her husband’s career and image

  2. Krogstad is convinced by her long-term lover Christine and agrees not to spill the beads of what Nora had done

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  1. Torvald knows what her wife did and insults so much and after realizing her husband cares about himself, she decides to leave the marriage.

Conclusion:Nora’s father is a very influential character in the whole playalthough in absentia.

Theplay Dollhouse revolves around the family of Nora Helmer with herhusband Torvald Helmer and their friends. Every female character inthe play including Nora, despite the fact that she is economicallyadvantaged compared to them brings out the main theme of the play,‘Sacrificial role of women’ clearly. The character who is a biginfluence on the actions, development and theme of this play, anddoes not appear at all is Nora’s father. This essay, therefore,aims to explain in detail how Nora’s father in absence influencesthe play in almost all dimensions.

Inact one, Torvald health deteriorates, and Nora has to get some moneyto save her ‘caring’ husband (11). To get the money, Norasacrifices her integrity and forges her father’s signature to get aloan from the bank, where Torvald is the manager. The loan is used tofund their travel to Italy, where Torvald is set to receive medicalattention. She lies to her husband that her father gave her the moneyand this simple illegal act influences the play throughout. WhenKrogstad, a junior employee at the bank where Torvald works violatesthe bank’s moral conduct, he comes back to Nora and tells her toconvince her husband not to fire or else he will reveal her illegalact, which would not only affect her but also the presence, respectand career of her husband as a bank manager.

Krogstadmove to save his job influences many characters and development ofthe theme. Nora pleads with her husband not to fire Krogstad butTorvald ignores her pleas. In the end, Krogstad is dismissed from hisjob and decides to write the letter to Torvald detailing what Norahad done. In her desperation, she requests her old friend Christine,who she had asked her husband to offer a job opportunity to influenceKrogstad to change his mind, since the latter was in love withChristine. Since Krogstad still loves Christine he decides to keepNora’s illegal act a secret but it is already late as the letter isin Torvald mailbox, which only him can access. Nora plans to commitsuicide for destroying her husband’s career and image in thesociety.

WhenTorvald gets hold of the Krogstad letter, he calls his wife all sortsof bad name claiming that she is an irresponsible woman who is notfit to be a wife nor a mother to his children. It is at this pointthat Nora realizes that her husband is selfish and only cares abouthimself and less if at all about her. She compares her husband to herfather and says they are all the same since they have treated her asa doll ‘plaything’ throughout her lifetime (93). According toMoi, Ibsen is very effective in using her female characters,especially Nora Helmer in bringing out the theme of the sacrificialrole of women through other characters, for example, her father (23).

Fromthe essay, it is quite clear that Nora’s father, who does notappear at all throughout the play, is a big influence on thedevelopment, actions and theme of the play. The simple act offeigning her father’s signature forces Nora to leave her husband atthe end of the play to reconstruct and realize her own identity andwhat she stands for and believes in.


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