And Nora Walks Out the Door

         The ending of Henrik Ibsen's 1879 A Doll's House, was very good, [especially as filmed in 1973 by Patrick Garland. I could not have been happier to see Nora (Claire Bloom on screen) leave Torvald (Anthony Hopkins in the film). It was a wonderful choice on her part and very liberating. I would have, however, ended it a little bit differently.

         In my version of A Doll's House, I would not have had Nora wait and speak with Torvald before leaving the house. After he blew up at her for going behind his back and ruining his reputation and the reputation of their family, I would have had Nora simply leave.

         Sure, she could definitely go upstairs gather a few clothes and more importantly kiss her children goodbye, but then she needs to just leave. Torvald had treated Nora like this little prize for so many years. I would not have her give him a reason why she is leaving. He does not deserve that at all. I would have had Nora write Torvald a note in his office, explaining that she left, why she left, and that is all. Then she would quietly exit out the office door.

         In the movie, I would have devoted the time when Nora and Torvald are talking to let Nora say goodbye to her children. They care more for Nora and have more respect for her than Torvald. I think, if Nora had left without even speaking to Torvald, it would make the ending a lot more dramatic and powerful. It would have that Nora is going to become a really strong and independent woman.

         As I watched A Doll's House, I was not happy how it ended, as Claire Bloom's Nora told off Anthony Hopkins' Torvald before she walked out I do not believe that Torvald deserves an explanation as to why Nora is leaving. The ending was not dramatic because they sat down and talked about why Nora was leaving, and it gave Torvald the chance to ask her to stay.

         I believe that A Doll's House had a wonderful ending to it, which was very liberating for Nora. I would, however, not give Torvald the chance to ask Nora, to stay or even the respect of a reason, thus, making the story's ending more dramatic and powerful for Nora.

Allison Light

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