There are a few characters in the play, A Doll’s House, that I could discuss for this short paper. For starters, there’s Torvald Hemler, a lawyer who got a new position at the bank. But I’m more interested in discussing his wife, Nora, who is the protagonist of the play. I just think that the protagonist of any story should be the main character discussed. Nora has some characteristics that remind me of other characters we have read about in previous books, which I find somewhat interesting.
For instance, Nora being similar to Little Red Riding Hood, due to the fact that Nora is sort of depicted as a playful and naive child, who doesn’t really have much, if any, knowledge of the world outside of her very own home, just like Little Red Riding Hoof. I think one reason that that’s the case is because her husband, Torvald, treats Nora like a child. He does this in both a kind, caring way, as well as, in a sort of snobby way too. I think he does that because he doesn’t see Nora as equal to him but rather as a doll that he can tease or admire. That discovery about Torvald really made the play’s first act come full circle for me as a reader.
I can also see some of Nora does as similar to something Anna Karenina would do. Nora does have some experience of the world, whether her husband believes it or not. There are times during the first act that she engages in small acts of rebellion, which depict that Nora may not be as innocent or even as happy as she appears to others. Those small acts of rebellion reminded me of Anna. I felt like that in the book, Anna Karenina, Anna was seen by others as being happier and more innocent than she actually was. While reading, The Doll’s House, I couldn’t get the thought of being reminded of Anna and I wanted to compare Nora and Anna. Nora is similar to Anna in the way of her having worries and thoughts about her marriage, even though they were for different reasons, they still are somewhat similar. Anna wanted to get out of her marriage because of her affair, while Nora had different reasons. Nora discovers clarity and finds that she isn’t happy with her position in her marriage. She is also able to find enough strength to free herself from the oppressive situation of her own marriage.
There are probably more characters that I could compare and discuss that have similar qualities or characteristics as Nora, but for some reason, Little Red Riding Hood and Anna Karenina really jumped out to me while I was reading. Overall I think that Nora is in the right about her decision. She isn’t treated very well by her husband, I mean he literally treats her like a doll. It’s not a good situation and Nora does the right thing by removing herself from the oppressive situation.