Family Relationships in "A Doll’s House"


Torvald Helmer, one of the main characters of the play, is somewhat “righteous”. He prides himself on leading a comfortable life for himself and his family, and earns a high position in society through honest, hard work. His wife, Nora, is a moral woman, so much so that at the opening of the play, she had this childlike innocence and naivete. Her biggest lie could easily be sneaking in to eat macaroons, disobeying her husband’s rules for food.

It is emphasized that parents are obliged to live a moral life in order to establish an exemplary lifestyle for their children. During their marriage, Nora and Torvald attempt to raise their three children who are of the type of environment. The way they maintain their moral beliefs, they seemed to have fulfilled their paternal responsibility quite well. This remained until Nora revealed that at the time of her father’s death, Torvald had become ill. He was forced to borrow enough money to travel to South Italy, where Torvald could pay back his health. She committed two crimes – first, she borrowed money without her husband’s consent, and second, she had signed one. The second offense he was guilty of is Mirror Krogstad, and he was likely to follow his fate. Krogstad became a moral outcast in society for his hooliganism, and lost his career as a lawyer with credibility. He was left with nothing but a tainted name.

To justify Krogstad’s dismissal at the bank, Torvald reveals a dispute he had with his wife, a corrupt man like Frogstad. Torvald described how Krogstad would go through immorality for his children, “… because an atmosphere like that and poisons the whole life of a house … and over the years this fellow Krogstad is going home and Deception is poisoning their children with lies and knowledge. ”

Nora believed that she too would bring the same corruption to her children, causing destruction throughout their home. Nora’s innocence and morality shone when she was ready to sacrifice her life or leave the house so that her husband would not have to suffer the consequences of her crime, and at the same time, to maintain the sanctity of her children. However, Torvald was blinded by anger and his sensitive concern for what the society thought, therefore, he forbade him to raise his children; He could not trust them “without a woman.”

In a parallel position, Drs. Rank becomes ill and it worsens by the minute, a disease being destroyed through his body. In the days of his chief, Dr. Rank’s father had enjoyed many of his mistresses, now Rank has taken the punishment. Dr. Rank considered it “an injustice to pay for the sins of some other people. Yes, indeed, the whole thing is a joke! My poor innocent spine must pay for the entertainment of my father.” He has a disease of the spine (syphilis), a permanent symbol of his father’s depression and enjoyment. The rank contained a physical representation of his father’s lifestyle – this is what he inherited.

As we Nora and Drs. As seen in rank examples, parents can easily pass on corruption to their children. The case of Nora, however, is a mere abstract notion that Torvald manipulated to think. However, a parent should remain ethical for the right upbringing of his child.

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