"A Doll's House" Essay

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In "A Doll's House", by Henrik Ibsen, Nora doesn't follow the standard of behavior for women in the 1800's, and is reprimanded by good and bad consequences soon thereafter.

Nora breaks the modus operandi for the women in the 19th century, because of many raison d'etres; foremost, of course is the scrounging of money from Krogstad. She borrowed without approval from Torvald, and she had been paying it back for eight years. Women in the epoch of this theatrical production weren't permitted to borrow without authorization from their husbands. Nora had to scrape every penny she could and take on copying, for money. The copying which is also inadmissible for women, because a lady of Nora's status isn't allowed to maintain a job. Whenever she would buy clothes, she always got the plainest outfit, or made her own. She borrowed the rites, in order to disperse Torvald's illness, which was a result of his assiduousness at work.

Another faux pas is Nora's unremitting lies and deceit. Basically, she came up with one lie and had to come up with more, to cover up the preceding others. Many women probably lied during this time, but it still brings about penalties. Nora does most of these unheard of things not intentionally to hurt someone, but possibly she thought it would help, which, to some extent, it did. Nora has, indeed, strayed from standards of behavior, for good reasons, but despite good intentions, there will not be all good consequences.

The consequences, resulting from Nora's breaking of society's rules, are both advantageous and adverse. The good consequence would be, the ultimately, reaching of consciousness of her current state (she finally realizes the way she is being treated), and her wanting to gain independent lifestyle. In the end, Nora tells Torvald she is going to leave him, until they can learn how to live like a normal connubial couple. The bad is she will have to live in a state of destitution, but at long last she will free be from high society's system. The consequences arise from the recurring theme, society. It is society that dictates the consequence for these actions. Mainly, society says, if a woman leaves her husband, she is nothing; however, she will have no obligation to him whatsoever. There are always consequences for actions, even today. It may not seem apparent, but it is still there, affecting whomever in some way. There were also bad consequences for Nora's insatiable lying, which was the affliction to generate more and more, in order for her to hide the previous lies. Another unpleasant consequence would be the undoing of Nora's marriage, as a result of her departure. Consequences can be beneficial, but can also be ruinous, in the case of Nora and her sought after self-sovereignties.

Nora doesn't follow the customaries for women in the 19th century, and is inundated by good and bad consequences, consistently. Her motives for her untraditional conduct may have been, literally, in the best interest of other; however, ultimately, the actions were all for her self.