Vocabulary in A Doll's House
Throughout the play, Ibsen has Torvald use gendered, childlike, and diminishing nicknames for Nora to illustrate the oppressive power imbalance in their marriage. Nora is forced into stereotypical gender roles that perceive the figure of the woman as helpless and dependent. However, Nora is neither helpless nor dependent, and Torvald’s nicknames for her illustrate just how little he knows his wife.
Vocabulary Examples in A Doll's House:
"Nice?—because you do as your husband wishes? Well, well, you little rogue, I am sure you did not mean it in that way...." See in text (Act II)