No Barbie’s Dream House

         Come on and face it, guys; some girls just are not the "Barbie" kind, with their empty heads that are just waiting for your input so they can have a logical thought. In fact, most girls are not anything like this. Granted, I know we have all met exceptions that have not exactly been Harvard Law graduates and are too concerned with the state of their tan to have time for the important issues, but I digress. The point I am trying to make is that every woman, no matter her intellect, social stature, or beauty deserves to be treated well and men like Torvald (played by Anthony Hopkins in Patrick Garland's 1973 film version of Henrik Ibsen's 1879 A Doll's House) who insist on treating women as if they were playthings rather than human beings are the worst kind of men.

         Despite my conviction on this, I will submit that Nora (played by Claire Bloom) invited Torvald's ridiculous, demeaning attitude towards her; and, therefore, she was partly at fault. However, the main, driving force behind her actions was primarily to keep Torvald from thinking that she was clever enough to do all of the things she did behind his back, without him ever knowing. But, I will not submit that Nora deserved any of the unfair treatment that was meted out by Torvald and emphatically state that there is no reason whatsoever that any man should feel he should be in that much control over his wife or anyone else, for that matter.

         Thus, Henrik Ibsen's classic play, A Doll's House, and the 1973 film by the same name both conveyed to me the mind set of the author's time and culture with which I am sickened and appalled. The one saving grace of this entire story, however, is the fact that Nora finally picked herself up and left Torvald as she should have done in years before so that she could find out who she really was rather than who he wanted her to be.

Jami Anthony

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