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Autor: anton 05 November 2010
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I do not agree with Noraâ€™s claims. I believe she was happy. She was happy when she was playing with her children, when she â€˜savedâ€™ Torvaldâ€™s life, and when she chatted with Dr. Rank. I also believed she loved her children, Torvald, her father, and she probably loved Dr. Rank to some extent. Technically, she was married; she went through the ritual, she accepted the vows and the ring. However, I believe these things changed with her epiphany. When Torvald was going on his rant about staying married and all that she realized that this is how her whole life has been. With her epiphany her view of happiness, love and marriage changed. So when she thinks back to these 3 things she believes that she did not have any of them. However, it was not her situation that changed, it was hers view that changed. Theoretically these 3 things are based upon perspective, the only exception being marriage, but that is only because society has made marriage a binding contract; in Noraâ€™s case she is talking about the idea of marriage. Her view of love, happiness and marriage changed so perhaps she was no longer happy, married or in love but that does not mean that she never was. When Nora tells Torvald that in order for them to stay together they â€œwould have to be so changed thatâ€¦ [their] life together would be a real wedlockâ€ she is saying she would have to stop playing the â€œdollâ€ and he would have to stop playing with â€œdollsâ€. I am unclear on her statement, but believe that she feels their marriage was only â€œplayingâ€ at being married.
If Noraâ€™s story were a â€œtrue storyâ€, I believe she would end up in very rough shape. I am not familiar with Norwegian culture, but if it were to happen in Canada in 1879 she would have a very hard life ahead of her. For one thing, she is now a single lady who is not young. Secondly, she has no training for any type of work. Thirdly, once she severed her ties with Torvald, she would likely sever her ties with any friends she had made since school. Fourthly, she abandoned her husband and children. Finally, she has doubts about her faith. At the time of the story, it would have been very looked down upon for a lady to be unwed at such an age. One thing she would likely do is move away for a fresh start, but still her age and â€œpurityâ€ would place a hardship on her finding a new romance. If she were to go to Dr. Rank they could live comfortably within his home until he died, but both would be shunned from society, and would likely get a visit from the Charivaris. Nora, having no training for any work other then as a scribe would also hinder her. She would likely turn out as a maid, which would not be enough to â€œcome to anythingâ€; although, this could be helped if Dr. Rank were to leave her money. She would not receive any help from her friends; she may get room and board from Mrs. Linde for the time being, but I believe Mrs. Linde would not let her live with her for the rest of her life. The fact that she abandoned her family would be a great shame, and society would push her away. If she was a devote Christian she may have been able to become a nun, but she feels she has to do soul searching, in the end this may be her calling and perhaps she could find happiness in it. I believe she would never be as â€œmerryâ€ as she was when she was with Torvald, but she would be free. Her freedom would probably make her life more satisfying, but she would be facing too many problems. Perhaps Noraâ€™s new definition of being happy would suit the situation she has put herself in, who can know until she has tried it. I believe she will not be happy, either by my definition, or by her own new definition.
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