A Doll's House
A Doll's House Men and Masculinity Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.
Stage Directions: The NURSE comes in with the children. […]
HELMER: "Come along, Mrs. Linde; the place will only be bearable for a mother now! (1.303-1.305)
Torvald seems to think a father doesn't have any business hanging out with his kids at all.
HELMER: "Almost everyone who has gone to the bad early in life has had a deceitful mother. […] It seems most commonly to be the mother's influence." (1.471-1.473)
We think this wins the award for most offensively chauvinistic statement from Torvald.
HELMER: "It is already known at the Bank that I mean to dismiss Krogstad. Is it to get about now that the new manager has changed his mind at his wife's bidding." (2.111)
This threat to his power is unacceptable to Torvald.