A Doll’s House is a short play that’s easy to read but perhaps a little difficult to form a satisfying, attachable meaning to—or in my case, I couldn’t arrive at a conclusion that I like. While I was reading the beginning, I thought that this play is quite straightforward and I do enjoy reading straightforward plays, but when I reached the end, I was confused by certain things. It didn’t help that this play is very fast paced and that certain parts seem to happen out of the blue despite having been foreshadowed at the beginning. Due to this, the plot felt a little disjointed to me.
Aside from that, I do like Nora’s character—sweet ditzy little thing (and yes, that’s a deliberate use of ‘little’ right there). She lies to her husband over many things, which is understandable considering how patronizing and controlling Torvald is, she’s incredibly naïve, and she doesn’t know much aside from anything related to being a trophy wife. So, when you take all of these aspects into account, it makes her ‘sudden’ enlightenment over how her marriage is a sham and how a women should have the freedom men do as well, a little dubious. I’m all for equal opportunities and such—and the things Torvald spouted can be a great eye-opener, but because the pacing is so fast, her enlightenment appears too fake to me. Thus, my aforementioned confusion. It’s bewildering that Nora, who is initially incredibly devoted to her husband and children, can just dump everything with seemingly no remorse in such a short time. Like, the children haven’t done anything wrong and you want to wholly deprive them of your—their mother’s—presence? You’ve done a wrong by treating them like dolls, and you’ll do an even greater wrong by simply vanishing from their lives. After all, who’s to say that they won’t grow up spurning Nora and even other similar people? It’s good that Nora wishes to put herself first, but I wish she’d at least think a little more of her children who clearly love her a lot.
Even so, the characters in this play are well written. The open ending is also a nice touch, despite it suggesting that Nora and Torvald would never rekindle their relationship (the poor children!).