Nora Helme: Transgression Towards Realization Essay

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The mid-nineteenth century also referred to as the “Victorian Age, taking from the name of England's Queen Victoria who ruled for over 60 years” (Radek) revealed that women were faced with many adversities that appeared to have delayed their true aptitudes. During this time period, women were also required to conform to the divine command of men and must find a husband or she would be derided by the social order. In the same way, women were also not allowed to follow a profession. Nevertheless, as time progress, women have experienced “realization”. This realization is the ability for one to understand their purpose or have a desire to be something more than their original state. Zealously, I believe that conflict can help a woman transcend to this ‘realization’. Regardless of the many disparities women have faced, it is apparent that the conflicts that women have experienced, allowed them to seek out there true identity and purpose. Moreover, this leads to what exactly is conflict. Conflict is considered to be the very essence of many literary works. Likewise, it is the momentum of happening and change and is very vital for delivering information and building characterization within the literary text. When conflict is conquered, it provides a greater sense of understanding and lessons to be learnt. Conflicts can be internal or external. Internal conflicts exist between the character and his/herself while external conflict exists between two characters or the environment. A modern play that demonstrates the transgression of a woman from the conflict she experience is in “The Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen. Ibsen wrote this particular work while living in Italy, which became a cornerstone in ‘realism’. It also brings forth Ibsen’s desire to reveal his concerns for gender equality and the rights of women. This story provides many examples of internal and external conflicts that reveal many social problems for women during the nineteenth century.
As a matter of fact, the main conflict of the story is between Nora and Krogstad. Krogstad threatens Nora that he would tell her husband about her devious deed if she did not get him his job back. Likewise, Nora is also facing serious conflict with her husband Torvald, who seems to be very selfish and controlling against Nora. Therefore, Nora is an example of such a woman that transgresses towards ‘realization’ in which she realizes that her marriage was faulty. Firstly, the internal conflict that Nora goes through as she searches for her identity as it relates to the role of woman in a nineteenth century. Nora is in conflict with her husband Torvald. Nora was pressured to live her life as a “doll” in a house with her egotistical husband. Even more so, Torvald is exposed in the play attempting to control every aspect of Nora’s life even to point as to what she eats. In the text it mentions that Nora “hides the bag macaroons and wipers her hand’ when Torvald enters the room.” (Damrosch and...

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