A Family's House

         When we watched A Doll's House, directed by Joseph Losey in 1973, one could see how Nora Helmer (Jane Fonda) could get fall into a deceptive spouse role. She is hiding a forgery from her husband, Torvald (David Warner), and she will do anything for him to not find out. Nora is what one would call a great housewife at the beginning of the movie, but she pretends to be too dependent on Torvald, when she has become more and more independent over the years. Nevertheless, however good her reasons are for leaving him at the end, she will probably regret her departure mainly due to her children, whom she is abandoning.

         I think that over the years, behind Torvald's back, she has confided in Dr. Rank (Trevor Howard), more than she does her own husband, and this helps her realize she does not need Torvald as much as she thought she had done at first. When Dr. Rank is on the verge of death, he confesses to Nora that he has loved her for years. Since he had loved her with a maturity that Torvald could not understand, she should leave Torvald to become more of her own woman than he would ever let her be.

         After she had forged her dead father's signature to borrow the money from Nils Krogstad (Edward Fox) to save her husband's life by taking him to Italy, this makes her a little more independent, especially since she has had to work hard behind her husband's back to pay off the debt. When Torvald is fired from the bank by Torvald, who soon will be the bank manager, Krogstad tries blackmailing his wife and him to keep his job. When Torvald finds out, he is so selfishly cruel to Nora for her deceptions, which he has forced her into, she needs to leave him to lead her own life.

         In conclusion, despite all the above good reasons, one should not have just picked up and left like this when one has a family with children to take care of and be there for. It is not right, and for this she should have considered staying and working out her problems for her family because family is the most important thing in this world. I do not know if she really thought about it much when she left, but she will regret it later.;

Eric Belmonte

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