Ron’s #9: A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen


Torvald controls Nora. Nora acts like a child. Krogstad is crooked. Dr. Rank is sick (the Doctor is ill…irony!). Forgery. Blackmail. Patriarchy. Dancing. Torvald yells. Nora is shocked because the “wonderful thing” didn’t happen. She changes clothes. She changes life. She changes her address. Nora leaves. Torvald hopes. Children are motherless. Door slams. Feminists rejoice.

I don’t mind that this is a sermon on feminism; I mind because it’s just not a compelling story. Somehow, I find Torvald a far more likeable character than Nora. It must be the male oppressor in me.

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I teach English and government in Okinawa, Japan. I love reading theology and fiction, and helps keep me accountable. Reading with three kids under 5 is a bit of a challenge, but I keep trying to find ways to read more. My favorites writers are C. S. Lewis, Flannery O’ Connor, and Raymond Carver.

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