A Doll's House Essay

605 words - 3 pages

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
My little skylark. My little squirrel. My pretty little pet. These are the condescending nicknames Torvald Helmer has for his wife Nora in Henrik Ibsen’s drama A Doll’s House. The nicknames manifest his dominance and inclination to superiority over Nora, whom he treats as his doll- totally succumbed to his control . The inequality of power in their relationship and consequential loss of self for Nora, inspires her to renounce her role as Torvald’s wife (more suitably his doll) and mother of his children in order to supply her own meaning to life. Her moral conflict incited by Krogstad, and the repercussive, yet ultimately enlightening effects on her marriage established the rationale for which she walked off in the middle of a winter night, slamming the door of her family’s home behind her.
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She relates to Krogstad she feels compelled to kill herself or leave her family to relinquish Torvald of his ties to an immoral wife, which would tarnish his reputation. However, Nora acknowledges the virtuous foundation of her decision as she is her husband’s savior. She consistently refers to the inevitable event of Torvald learning of her past as “the most wonderful thing that will happen,” while delaying it with fervent efforts such as zealously dancing with error to distract her husband’s attention.
Although Torvald’s reaction to Nora’s misdeeds is not surprising, it is still of great disturbance to Nora. Immediately he exclaims concern for his reputation and the desire to maintain the appearance of functionality in their marriage. Nora expected this reaction but had hoped he would appreciate the
What did you do to stand out?
Sentence variation

What do you think you did well?

Answering the prompt
Where do you think the essay is weak?

Incompletion of essay
M’s Observed Strengths:

Sentence fluency
Consistent topic
Balanced P-I-E use across the essay
Evidence matches points
Clearly addresses the prompt
M’s Observed Weaknesses:

Lack of sentence variety
Struggles to maintain a consistent topic
Lacks supporting illustrations
Lacks clear explanation
Simple grammatical errors
Misses the purpose of the essay
M’s Commentary and Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Brilliant at points, the essay ultimately lies unfinished. You have got to balance the art of your writing with the realization of a deadline. I’m not sure how to approach this, because your writing is so good, but if three paragraphs is all you can get out in 40 minutes, they have to accomplish the task. Planning the totality of your argument over three paragraphs--one of which looks like it will be short and best serve as an intro or conclusion--might help to accomplish your complete task in the time required.

I wish I could give this a higher grade, but you don’t finish.

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