Doll House By Ibsen

Helmer is a successful bank lawyer in the drama "A Doll House" written by

Henrik Ibsen. His wifeís name is Nora. She is a housewife with three children
and gets help raising them from her maid Helen. Nora and Helmer are both busy
people within their lives. Little do they know that their marriage is not safe
due to the fact that it is not given first priority in the lives they led. The
action takes place in their home. Helmer is very protective when it comes to the
family image that is portrayed to the public. This is because his career, as a
lawyer, depends on it. He feels that he should have a perfect public image for
the sake of his career and not his family, since that is what comes first in his
life. This is seen when he discovers a letter from a bank that his wife, Nora,
gets a loan from. He finds out that the loan was acquired illegally through
forgery. She uses her fatherís signature. Helmer immediately strips her of all
her rights to him as his wife and to the children as their mother. He does not
ask for divorce since this will not be a good public image for his career,
instead he asks her to have a separate room from his and limits her time with
the children. Helmer is the rule maker of his house. He meticulously gives
details on how he wants his house run. He has set time for everything, when the
meals are prepared, when the children should go to sleep, when they should wake
up, what to eat, when to check the mail etc. This is probably the reason why he
is successful in his career. He is again putting his career as first priority
and uses the principal that he applies to it in the family. Helmer has an office
in the house of with he gives limited accesses to his wife, Nora. He treats her
as if she was one of his children instead of "his wife". He entertains his
official friends in the office in closed-door sessions and usually doesnít
fill in his wife on his business. Career comes first for Hemler. The key to the
mailbox is in the hands of Hemler. It looks like he does not take his wife as an
equal by not giving her a spare key. He wants to be the first one to handle all
the mail, scans the letters in the box and then distributes them to the
appropriate people. His wife again is placed second to his business. Nora,

Helmerís wife is also very protective when it comes how her husband views her.

I see this when she hides the fact that she is having chocolate, which is
forbidden in the household. She would rather let Dr. Rank, a family friend, know
about the chocolate and not her husband. The doctor actually helps her to hide
the package when Helmer walks into the living room. She also puts him in second
place in her life. Nora also tells her friend Mrs. Linde about the money that
she squeezes out of her house hold budget to pay for the loan she took from the
bank. She does not tell her husband about the loan because she knows how he will
react towards her and the issue. She protects herself instead of their
relationship, putting their marriage in second place. The family friend doctor
tells Nora how he has been in love with her for a long time. She reacts
negatively letting Dr. Rank know that she will not tolerate his behavior. She
keeps it from her husband since she wants to maintain an innocent view from him.

The hiding of such issues from Helmer is first priority instead of her marriage.

Nora is caught red-handed lying about the visit of Nis Krogstad, the banker. Nis
is responsible for the Noraís loan. Helmer asks about the bankerís visit and
she denies the fact that he had come the their house. She is constantly lying
just to save herself from changing her husbands view towards her. The blow to
their marriage happens when Helmer discovers that his wife forged a bank
document to get a loan. He gets angry and strips her of all her motherly and
wife rights. Another letter shows up and clears them form the forgary He changes
immediately and reinstats Nora back to her postion in their home. This clearly
shows that he loves