Nora Helmer: A Woman of Courage
How the main character of Ibsen’s `A Doll’s House` demonstrates courage and resolution in the face of financial and societal difficulties.
`Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, written in 1879 and set in that year examines the eternal problem of the fragility of family relationships. A Doll’s House has the brilliant capacity to transcend history and while small details are dated, the main points the strengths and weaknesses of the human character are timeless. In A Doll’s House the main female character, Nora, leaves her husband and her children because she needs to forge her own self-identity and she can no longer participate in a traditional Victorian marriage. She is courageous to do so because she is turning her back on financial security and the domestic life that she has primarily enjoyed. She is not a coward running away from a situation– she is a heroine running in the direction of finding herself so that she can be a good model for her children.`