A Dolls House
Torvald Helmer and Nora start out to seem as a happy married couple with three young children. In the beginning Nora is seen as woman who cares about her children and her husband but someone who also cares greatly about money. Torvald is seen as a man who is important in the society. Nora was portrayed as a very caring wife when it is revealed that she borrowed money illegally from Krogstad to fund the trip to Italy to try and save her husband life because he was sick.
Once Krogstad begins to try and blackmail her Nora tries everything in her power to prevent Torvald from discovering the truth so that his pride and reputation would not be hurt or challenged. When Torvald finally discovers the truth about his wife Nora borrowing the money illegally, he was told that the money was from Nora’s father; he became enraged and insulted her by saying things such as “I won’t let you bring up the children” and “Now you’ve destroyed all my happiness. You’ve ruined my whole future. ” (Ibsen).
After Torvald discovers that Krogstad returned the contract, which Nora forged with her father’s signature, he is filled with happiness and tries to dismiss all the insults that he said to Nora. Nora snapped inside and decided to leave Torvald, she declared that she was going to “stand completely on my own, if I’m going to understand myself and everything around me. ” (Ibsen). After she finished talking finally and explaining herself she left her husband, three children, and everything he had given her behind.
In the short story “shiloh” Norma Jean Moffitt and Leroy Moffitt is a married couple who just like Nora and Trovald have deep rooted problems that they never talk about. The roles have flipped in the story Leroy now being home and no longer working only working on his crafts has made him more into the house wife who stays at home and Norma begins to demonstrate masculine traits by enrolling into a bodybuilding class, flexing her biceps to feel them for hardness, (Mason) and being the money maker in the house.
This is contrasting from “A Doll’s House” where Torvald is the money maker for the house hold being a lawyer then working for the bank and Nora was the housewife who stayed at home and watched the three children. Norma decides to break up with Leroy just like Nora did with Torvald. Norma says that it is her mothers and his fault; she said “she won’t leave me alone-you won’t leave me alone” and also that “I feel eighteen again. ” (Mason). This is similar to Nora when she broke up with Torvald she felt that she was her father’s doll and then she became Torvalds doll when they married.
Both felt as if they were not themselves when they were with their spouse. In the short story “The Gift of the Magi” Della and Jim is a young married couple who love each other very much. Della makes a sacrifice of cutting her long and beautiful hair so that she could have the money to buy her husband a chain for his watch. This is contrasting to “A Doll’s House” because in the story Nora instead of telling her husband what she wants for Christmas she asks Torvald for money so she can buy herself a gift.
Jim does the same thing as Della did he sold his watch that was passed down from his grandfather and his father so that he could buy a comb set for Della for her beautiful hair. The personal sacrifices that each made was similar to a sacrifice that Nora made she borrowed money illegally so that her husband and dying father could be spared the stress of having to deal with the borrowing and lending of money. (Porter). “The Chrysanthemums” is a story about Elisa Allen who feels trapped in her home, “the great valley a closed pot. (Steinbeck).
The closed pot is supposed to describe how she feels, in a pot like her flowers. Just like in “A Doll’s House” the wife in the story feels contained and unimportant. Nora felt that she was just a doll that her father and husband played with when they were bored and Elisa felt ignored like how the tinker ignored women’s potential by saying his life style “ain’t the right kind of life for a woman.
Both Torvald and Henry Allen, Elisa’s husband, oppress their wives. Torvald accomplished this by treating his wife as his personal doll that he can play with and never having a serious sit down conversation with his wife that he was married to for eight years. Henry also accomplished this by speaking to Elisa only in vague, condescending terms instead of treating his wife as an equal partner.