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September 04, 2005

Ibsen, A Doll House (Act 1)

A Doll's House has so far included some themes similar to those in "Trifles." Foremost, is the obvious sexism against women by the men. Helmer expects Nora to be needy and incapable, and interestingly Nora plays the part, even though she is capable of independent action. Saying things to Helmer like, "I should not think of going against your wishes," and, "I can't get along a bit without your help" doesn't lead him at all in the direction of acknowledging her cognitive ability. Also, as in "Trifles," is the notion that women are in fact able to think and act independently, even in the face of such sexism. Interestingly though, Nora characterizes her feeling of accomplishment as "like being a man." Lastly, it is important to note that the instant Helmer finds out that Mrs. Linde is searching for work, he "Presume[s she is] a widow."

Katie suggests, "...she acting to get her way in life? I believe Nora knows she can catch more bees with honey..."

I realize that as easy as it is to dishonor Nora for her actions, she may be just trying even the gender playing field. She might just want to prove she is capable of all the same things as a man, and apparently the same mistakes.

Posted by DavidDenninger at September 4, 2005 02:47 PM


I think Nora enjoys the attention she gets from being meek and naive. It makes her sneaking around that much more fun to her.

She's not only proud of herself for borrowing the money, but also for keeping it a secret from everyone.

Posted by: Kayla Sawyer at September 5, 2005 09:41 PM

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