In ‘A Doll’s House’, which appeared in 1879, Ibsen presents a scathing, though a subtle commentary on the preconceived notions about gender roles in his society.
Here, once again the theme of feminism takes an upsurge as we witness Nora Helmer, playing her role as a mother and wife- all to please the others.
In the midst of apparent happiness and harmony, Torvald Helmer, holding a senior position in the Bank, showers his love and admiration upon Nora- more as if she were his favorite child than a wife.
The play opens with the Christmas preparations, with Nora playing the role of a blessed lady wedded to a respectable man of high stature and blessed with beautiful, bubbly children.
Unlike Hedda Gabler, Nora seems to be in the midst of filial prosperity, surrounded by the comfort and security of a loving home and beautiful children. Loneliness does not seem to hover anywhere around her...