Even though Henrik Ibsen's celebrated playA Doll's Houseis set during the Victorian era, many of the themes, conflicts, and situations are still relevant in today's society. Despite the fact that modern women have significantly more opportunities and rights than Nora Helmer , the discrimination that her character...
Even though Henrik Ibsen's celebrated play A Doll's House is set during the Victorian era, many of the themes, conflicts, and situations are still relevant in today's society. Despite the fact that modern women have significantly more opportunities and rights than Nora Helmer, the discrimination that her character endures and the conflicts she experiences are still relevant to modern audiences.
Nora is married to a selfish, authoritative man who treats her like a possession and believes that she is incapable of functioning without him. Torvald belittles his wife by using pet names, controls their finances, and is highly critical of her. Torvald and Nora's relationship is not founded on love, trust, and balance and is instead rooted in deception and inequality. Ultimately, Torvald discovers that Nora secretly committed forgery by taking out a loan behind his back. At the end of the play, Torvald loses his temper on Nora, who ends up leaving him.
In modern society, many marriages experience similar conflicts regarding financial struggles, deceit, and inequality. Unfortunately, numerous women are still objectified by their husbands and are suppressed by domineering spouses like Torvald. Similar to Nora, women still struggle to overcome unfair stereotypes and are discriminated against in their relationships. Financial instability is still a source of dissension among spouses and significant disagreements still result in separation or divorce. Modern women can also relate to Nora Helmer's struggle to experience independence, which is why her decision to leave Torvald resonates with a certain audience in today's society.