A Doll's House
A Doll's House The Home 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: SCENE--A room furnished comfortably and tastefully, but not extravagantly.
Why would Ibsen be so specific in describing the furnishings of the Helmers' home?
HELMER: "an atmosphere of lies infects and poisons the whole life of a home. Each breath the children take in such a house is full of the germs of evil." (1.469)
Torvald is unaware at this point that he lives in just such a home. Has it really hurt the children in any way?
NORA: "Certainly Torvald does understand how to make a house dainty and attractive."
MRS. LINDE: "And so do you, it seems to me." (2.34-2.35)
So great is Torvald's domination that Nora gives him credit for even the stereotypically feminine role of homemaking.