Though Siddhartha and “A Doll’s House’ share a completely different storyline, they are very much similar because of the development of the main characters throughout the two stories. Nora, from the play “A Doll’s House,” changes her image after recognizing what kind of life she was living. Siddhartha, from the book Siddhartha, becomes aware that life cannot be taught, and that it had to be experienced first-hand.
Both of the main characters seemed to have suddenly awakened from what I consider “enslavement of the mind.” I believe this because they are not free to think about things without the influence of their surrounding society. Nora notices that she is living her life in wretchedness at the end of the play, when she says, “…here is your ring back. Give me mine.” (Act III) This quote displays Nora’s ambition to move on in life and free her mind from the interrogations brought to her from Torvald. Siddhartha reaches this awakening while he is young. He mentions to his father about leaving the house to join the teachings of the Samanas. “…He moved on again and began to walk quickly and impatiently, no longer homewards, no longer to his father, no longer looking backwards.” This quote shows that Siddhartha is ready to move on and leave the everyday society, and beliefs of his parents. These quotes convey the spark of these characters’ new beliefs.
Nora, appearing as the ordinary housewife, really is not what she appears to be. The play greatly lets off the vibe of the saying, “ignorance is bliss.” I receive this vibe because Nora seemed mentally enslaved and totally ignorant to what was going on around her. Her father owned her and made her do everything he wanted, and now her husband is playing that role. Her whole life seems to be awful, but then the plot thickens, and Nora awakens from her everyday, coma of ignorance. Nora has morphed from a housewife into a liberated woman. These changes occur throughout the three acts of A Doll’s House, and are the basis of the play.
Nora, the innocent little housewife, starts off as a harmless little...