A Doll's House
Women and Femininity Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
HELMER: "Is it my little squirrel bustling about?" (1.9)
By constantly referring to Nora with pet names, Helmer seems to dehumanize his wife.
HELMER: "That is like a woman! […] you know what I think about that. No debt, no borrowing." (1.21)
Torvald seems to stereotype all women as frivolous spendthrifts.
NORA: "Tell me, is it really true that you did not love your husband? Why did you marry him?"
MRS. LINDE: "My mother was alive then, and was bedridden and helpless, and I had to provide for my two younger brothers; so I did not think I was justified in refusing his offer." (1.136-1.137)
Offering herself in marriage was one of the few ways a woman had of supporting her family.