A doll's house Part 1
Updated: 1/11/2021
A doll's house Part 1

Storyboard Text

  • Hasn’t Miss Sweet Tooth been running breaking rules in town today?
  • No; what makes you think that?
  • [A bell is heard in the hall.] There is the bell; perhaps I had better go.
  • To be able to be free from care, quite free from care; to be able to play and romp with the children; to be able to keep the house beautifully and have everything just as Torvald likes it!...
  • Excuse me, ma'am--there is a gentleman to see the master, and as the doctor is with him...
  • You? What is it? What do you want to see my husband about?
  • It is I, Mrs Helmer.
  • (Page 6)This scene was chosen because Torvald openly admits to having rules that Nora must follow. This interaction specifically shows the power dynamic in their marriage; it seems as though Torvald is passive aggressively insulting Nora as a way to keep her from disobeying what he calls his rules. Torvald says this to Nora very early in the play, within their first conversation with one another. It shows just how controlling Torvald is over Nora, and leaves room for the control to become increasingly worse.
  • (Pages 17, 18)When Nora says "everything will be just as Torvald likes it" she reveals that she shares the same wishes as Torvald. As the head of the household, this can be expected in the Victorian era, as men overruled women, however it seems to go deeper, possibly suggesting that she has been under Torvald's rule for so long she no longer can have opinions for herself. After she says this, Mrs. Linde seems eager to leave after hearing their bell ring. This could just be an act of trying to avoid intruding, or it could be that Mrs. Linde became uncomfortable after hearing Nora speak about her life and relationship with her husband.
  • (Page 18)The interaction depicted demonstrates dynamics of the Victorian era. Nora and Torvald are of the upper class, meaning they have house staff, including people who let guests in and greet guests. The servant refers to Torvald as "master" which once again gives all power to Torvald in their household. Nora's shock also suggests that she may not know about what occurs in Torvald's life, like his business interactions or his social interactions.