A Dolls House


The events in “A Dolls House” begin to succeed each other more and more rapidly and the circular structure begins to spin. We find that, for saving her husband’s life, Nora has committed forgery and Krogstad is ready to use this information in order to achieve his goal in keeping his job. This element gives us a hint of a women’s struggle in a world deeply thought as a man’s society . In addition, Dr. Rank, who had a lethal disease, confesses his love for Nora. All these events make the circular structure tighten around Nora.


She’s passing from a state of passive victim to an early state of active agent. All the other character’s reactions, words and attitudes form the chain which unbearably surrounds Nora and which she will finally break, liberating herself from the lie she has been living for many years. She firmly tells Helmer that she can no longer be with him. In addition to this intimate inter-independence between Nora and the other four important characters, is the complexity of Helmer’s wife as a dramatic person. Compared to the others, Nora is the most round character, one who we see evolving, in contrast with Helmer or Dr. Rank. More precisely, we discover two forms of evolution of this character. An external one, created in our minds, as we discover the purpose of her always asking for money from Helmer and having a childish attitude with him. The second development, more deep, which implies the inner transformation of the character, tired of representing someone’s “childish lover” and desiring independence. The beginning of the play presents us with a childish woman, always wanting to please her husband in order to get money from him. She voluntarily accepts Helmer comparing her with a little animal and even seems to identify with this image.


Nora appears completely submitted to her husband, ready to accept whatever he would say or do. The fog and confusion which surrounded her and her attitude begin gradually to disappear as we find out that she had borrowed money to save Helmer’s life and she saves almost every penny her husband gives her in order to pay the debt off. This stage of Nora’s outer evolution enables us to see a woman who deeply loves her husband, but who is not strong enough to fight against his prejudices. Moreover, she prefers a rich man who would give her the money she needs than facing her husband. The two evolutions begin to coincide from the moment when Krogstad threatens Nora with telling Helmer that she has committed forgery. We feel that something begins to change when conflicting feelings invade her, love for the children, for the husband, and the thought to kill her self. On the other hand, she would do almost anything in order to regain her old lifestyle that of a doll that passed from the father’s hands into her husband’s. The transformation seems to end with the firm decision to throw her self into the water after Helmer would have found out the hidden truth.


It will not come to an end until Nora really discovers her husbands a push over. When he discovers the letter he freaks out on her but his feelings begin to contrast with his reaction after finding that Krogstad has sent them back the IOU. He immediately forgives her, from that moment, we watch the incredible change from the quiet wife to the firm independent Nora, who has the courage to leave her husband and children in her search of independence. All of which comes from the arrival of Mrs. Linde. Because Mrs. Linde arrives Nora convinces Helmer of giving her a job after she finds that Mrs. Linde is in dyer need off a job and money because she has been recently widowed and was left no money. If this never occurs there’s a strong possibility that Krogstad never loses his job and the blackmail may have never taken place. However Krogstad never would have known anything about him possibly losing his job if he wouldn’t have recognized the women leaving Helmers and Nora’s home as Mrs. Linde a women he had a relationship with many years prior. Krogstad was still bitter that