A Doll's House
A Doll's House Women and Femininity 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.
NORA: "What do you consider my most sacred duties?"
HELMER: "[…] your duties to your husband and your children."
NORA: "I have other duties just as sacred. […] Duties to myself." (3.310-3.314)
This idea was completely scandalous in Ibsen's time. The thought that a woman might have value other than homemaking and being a mother was outrageous.
HELMER: "No man would sacrifice his honour for the one he loves."
NORA: "It is a thing hundreds of thousands of women have done." (3.345 3.346)
What does Nora mean by this? Do all housewives sacrifice their honor?