"Nora left me three days ago and I've had a lot of time to think." How would I write a monologue with this statement?

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What a wonderful idea for an assignment. We are left to wonder what happens to everyone after the door slams.

Torvald is not a particularly well-developed character, so it will require a lot of introspection to figure out what makes him tick and to identify what his logical next steps would be.

Torvald is a very conventional person and a bit of an ostrich. He wanted to believe his life with Nora was moving along according to plan, and it seems that he willingly overlooked the signs that something was amiss.

Several key questions to consider:

Will Torvald's behavior actually change? Does he truly want Nora back? If so, his monologue could largely consist of possible plans to get her back.

Is Torvald willing to accept responsibility, or will he continue to blame Nora? If he is still undecided, his speech could include more of his interior states as he ponders how things got to this point.

Also, what play might this speech be part of? Is it in one more act added onto the existing play? The first act of a new play? To what broader action might this one character's speech be connected?

In addition, remember to take clues from his lines in the play. Torvald speaks of his having "cherished" Nora, so we must ask if he believes this. But he also speaks of how things look "in the eyes of the world"—would that remain a more important concern than repairing his marriage?

Finally, it might be fun to take things in a different direction. Maybe Torvald wants a complete break with this tainted past. Thousands of Norwegians went to the New World in the nineteenth century—maybe Torvald would like start a new life in, say, Minnesota.

Lucas Hnath is among those who wondered what happened, and in 2017 he wrote a play following up with Nora and company fifteen years later. It is called simply A Doll's House, Part 2.

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This monologue seems to center on Torvald and might include his reflections on whether he made the right decisions in his marriage to Nora. He treated her like a silly dependent, and he put her in the position in which she had to borrow money to help him. Later, he became angry at her for hiding her debt from him.

In this monologue, Torvald can reflect on whether he should have treated Nora in a more equal way. If he had treated her more like an adult than like a child, they could have spoken openly about their financial problems. She would not have had to go behind his back to borrow money. If she had borrowed money, it could have been a decision they made jointly. Do you think Torvald regrets his actions, or do you think he is steadfast in his decision to have treated Nora as a kind of pet? In this monologue, Torvald can wrestle with these decisions and with the ideas he has about marriage. He might decide that he has changed his views, or he might decide that he made the right choices. He might also have regrets but decide that he acted the right way.

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I assume that you are being asked to write a monologue in which the character speaks to himself, alone, and not to another person (both because of the way your question is phrased and because we can assume that Nora has not returned). Therefore, you will want to present his honest and true feelings; if he's talking to himself, then he has no one to impress or to whom he has to prove anything.

Consider that Nora has done something that was so radical at the time that Ibsen actually had to write an alternate ending (in which Nora did not leave her family) when the play was first performed. How do you think Torvald would respond to her completely unique behavior? Would he be contrite and sorry, recognizing the validity of her accusations? Would he take responsibility for treating her like a doll, as she says? Or would he be angry that he's tried so hard to provide for Nora and their family and that she is acting selfishly? Would he be furious that he's done what "good husbands" do and been met with such opposition in his wife? I would suggest rereading the section of the play where Nora stands up to him in order to find some evidence to support your opinion regarding his response.

Once you've come to some conclusion about what you think his response would be, as well as located some evidence for that conclusion, you are ready to begin writing! You might even want to refer back to things either Nora or Torvald said during their confrontation, just to really make it convincing.

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