The contentment of this Christmas Eve is soon shattered. Nora learns that an employee from the bank is preparing to blackmail them. Years before, Nora had, without her husband’s knowledge, taken out a loan from the employee, ...The wife could get to know herself within the marriage. This is just feminist drivel.
“I shall never get to know myself — I shall never learn to face reality — unless I stand alone. So I can’t stay with you any longer,” Nora tells Torvald.
A few minutes later, Torvald responds:
Helmer: “It’s inconceivable! Don’t you realize you’d be betraying your most sacred duty?
Nora: “What do you consider that to be?”
Helmer: “Your duty towards your husband and your children — I surely don’t have to tell you that!
Nora: I’ve another duty just as sacred.”
Helmer: “Nonsense! What duty do you mean?”
Nora: “My duty towards myself.”
In this moment, Nora’s cruelty to her children is breathtaking — a fact that was acknowledged by some viewers when the play first come out but is rarely, if ever, noted today.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Famous early feminist play
Another Christmas play is A Doll's House from Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen in 1879. The feminist pro-divorce narcissist plot is explained here: