DOLL’S HOUSE AND OEDIPUS REX
Both climaxes start with a
revelation. In Oedipus, we see him reveal the mystery about himself and the
crimes he committed. Crimes that make him deeply guilty yet he had not control
over them, hence he banishes himself. In Doll’s House, we see Nora’s signature
forgery and Nora learning the kind of man Torvald is and that, all this time
there was no love between the two especially when he cannot forgive her in fear
of losing his honour hence decides to leave Torvald and the children and go out
there to purse her own life instead of staying there with a stranger
From the revelations we
learn that Torvald and Nora had been married for eight years and had 3 children..
We also learn that Torvald did not value Nora as much as she loved her to
destroy her dignity in order to save his life. Furthermore, we learn that
Torvald valued his honour more than loving Nora.
We see Nora’s character
through her expressions and arguments before leaving Torvald. We learn that she
is a loving woman and that she sacrificed a lot in the name of love. She is
firm and straight seen when she says she is leaving Torvald and doesn’t
hesitate to tell him she doesn’t love him anymore. Torvald constantly referred
to her as a bird and child, this animal and child imagery reflect Nora’s
apparently innocent and carefree nature.
Nora’s situation is
different from Oedipus. Nora finds out that Torvald did not really love him and
all this time he was taking her for a ride because after the debt blackmail was
out, Torvald did not forgive her because of his pride and honour protection.
Nora realizes that her understanding of herself, her husband, her marriage, and
even her society was all wrong. She then decides that she can no longer be
happy in her life and marriage, and resolves to leave in order to find a sense
of self and learn about the world.in the other hand King Oedipus finds out that
he had killed his father and marrying his mother unknowingly. This forces him
to banish himself out of the kingdom. Though they’re leaving, Oedipus is sure
of death while Nora leaves a door for coming back.
Nora did the right thing because she felt
like a play. This realization that there isn’t and has never been any love
between them seals her decision to leave.” Our home has been nothing but a
playroom. I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I was papa’s
doll-child” She says. Her exit leaving the husband and the children is a
new start and the chance to grow up and be a woman.