Studying the literature of different times can convey the mood and foundations of the society of the time in which it was written. This helps to determine exactly how people felt about certain events taking place in society and the changes that it underwent. This work aims to review “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen. Therefore, the analysis of the main character of the work was done, and how the author develops the protagonist through dialogues and props was investigated.
The work “A Doll’s House” presents the reader with a story about the life of a young woman named Nora. At first glance, it may seem that a woman has an ideal family, and everything is going in its own way. However, over the course of the play, the reader learns that the woman is miserable and dissatisfied with her life. Someone has always controlled the life of the main protagonist, be it her husband or Krogstad, who appeared in the work. First, the author introduces the woman through the nicknames her husband gives her “skylark” and says, “are you hiding your head in your wings?” (Ibsen 6). However, with the development and acquisition of the protagonist’s voice power, Nora leaves her family. Despite her determination in the decision she made, she still takes care of her husband, saying, “Let me go. You shall not suffer for my sake. You shall not take it upon yourself” (Ibsen 97). This shows that the Main protagonist, despite the changes he has experienced, still respects and honors his family and shows the sacrifice of character.
Therefore, in this brief overview of the main character of the work “A Doll’s House,” it was shown how Nora changed through the nicknames and replicas used in the work. This research work contributes to forming an opinion about a woman and all the people around her. Moreover, the work gives insight that a woman was treated as the mistress of the hearth in those days, but not everyone was satisfied with it. The desire to gain freedom prompted Nora to leave the family while showing extreme sacrifice and kindness.
Henrik Ibsen. A Doll’s House. Amazon Publishing, 2018.