Not Just a Doll

     Calling the character of Nora, played by Claire Bloom in the 1973 version of Henrik Ibsen's 1879 A Doll's House, directed by Patrick Garland, a doll is giving her too much credit. She should be called a baby doll, or better yet just plain baby. I find it quite humorous that she goes on and on in the end about how she wants to be on her own, live her own life, and is tired of being treated like a baby. Well then for goodness sakes, quit acting like a baby. Her own actions are nobody's fault but her own.

     In the first several minutes of the movie, we see her running up to her husband, Torvald, played by Anthony Hopkins, and acting ridiculously like a child; making little squirrel noises and puppy dog faces to get what she wants. This is not how an adult should act. She wants to do nothing but play and spend money. Even I am more mature than that. Though Torvald does not give her many responsibilities, I believe it is the case because Nora acts not only as if she does not want the responsibilities, but also as if she could not handle them. She goes behind her husband's back and borrows money, then is terrified that he will find out because she does not want to get in "trouble." If she had acted like the grown adult that she is, she would have just gone to her husband and had a reasonable conversation instead of trying to stay out of trouble.

     The end of the movie is what gets me the most. She rambles on about how she is finally ready to find herself and carry on her life, when all the while she is carelessly deserting the only responsibilities she has, as a wife and a mother. She is so immature that she does not even realize this. So of course she is going to be treated like a baby doll. She acts like a baby!

Natalie Bringham

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