Mang 1 Sue Ellen Mang Mr.

Gregersen Introduction to Literature and Composition 27 April 2010 My Little Squirrel Henrik Ibsen s A Doll s House is not about feminism, due to Nora s lack of control. Helmer mocks Nora by calling her names, physically controlling her actions, and even persuading the way she thinks. Also, Nora begins to feel the pressure of maintaining a strong family when Helmer specifically points out the mothers impact on the children. This shows that Nora isn t disagreeing with Torvald, and is therefore not a feminist. In A Doll s House, Ibsen shows that Nora isn t a feminist when she submits to Helmer and allows him to control her in a way that objectifies her and lets him make her feel guilty. As Nora submits, she allows herself to be treated like a doll when Torvald is making the decision for the dress that she is going to wear. Nora does not stand up for herself or even ask to make the choice on her own, rather she lets Torvald control her decisions and actions. Helmer states, And I ll think about your fancydress, too (page 180). He will think about is because he is the one making the decisions. When she allows Helmer to make the decision for the costume, he chooses for her to be a peasant because this symbolizes how Nora is not really enjoying her life, but rather pretending to be. She does this by acting as though she really wants Torvald to choose her dress, but really she would like to decide for herself. By not standing up for herself, this shows that she isn t a feminist.

he partly takes away her quality of being human. This shows that he is no longer just making decisions for Nora. by not addressing Nora by her name. allows Torvald to treat member of her sex unequally through degrading mothers. Helmer also uses his control over Nora and she doesn t try to defend herself. Now she is this little scatterbrain or little squirrel. Moreover. making her feel responsible for the children and for his sickness. Here he is saying that the mothers and fathers of the household can make the same mistakes. Helmer doesn t give Nora an option to place her hand in his he simply says. now it s a bargain. Give me your hand That s better. Helmer also demeans and controls Nora in other ways as well. but she doesn t stop obeying him. therefore she is accepting her social status that society has given women. as well placing the blame for his illness on Nora.Mang 2 Even after Nora lets Torvald make other decisions. so she clearly . in ever name that he calls her he always calls her little. Torvald controls her when he places his hands on her head on page 180. Finally. He calls her names. On page 179. showing that she is just going to continue to be controlled. which shows his disrespect towards women and the actions that Helmer makes that belittle Nora. Also on page 180. Nora. but that the women are responsible if something goes wrong. This shows that Nora isn t a feminist because she doesn t stop this or do anything about it. such as my little songbird. He calls her little because he is using his control to suppress Nora and treat her how he chooses. Helmer claims that it is the mothers fault and not so much the fathers fault if the children are filled with germs of evil. but rather he is controlling her every action. He commands her to place her hand on his. Also. Nora accepts this statement and doesn t defend other women.

Here. would have made some choice to speak up. once again. or even act out to prove to Helmer. Finally. she doesn t stand-up for women in general when she allows Helmer to degrade women and place the responsibility on them. Helmer exhorts his control over Nora by calling her names and controlling her physical actions. Also. she is not a feminist character. Torvald categorizes all of those types of people together. . she clearly isn t feminist or she. degrading Nora. This proves that Nora is in fact not a feminist character and resembles no characteristics of even potentially being one. Helmer says that when he is around people like that ( people like Krogstad) that he actually becomes ill. but she doesn t argue for a mutual respect. rather she just accepts wherever Torvald places her. Lastly. Nora doesn t ask or even propose the idea of her making her own decision for her dress or her costume. To conclude. She simply agrees with Torvald. at this point.Mang 3 isn t feminist. that women are in fact equal. Since she doesn t do this. which suggest to Nora that this could be the reason he was sick earlier in the play.

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