How the Society Defines People
Just as Nora is dispositional in Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” we all face a definition from society and a predisposition that can lead to the making of who individuals are. Thus, people must define their identity because if they fail to, they tend to live as society wants them to, and which can lead to prejudice and live a life that is not ours.
People are all defined by gender, which tends to make them automatically be attached to specific behaviors. All this is construed the by the cultural norms and behaviors in a given society. For instance, Nora, in Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” is prepositioned to behave as a woman-like manner, which she fails to because she tries to get her true identity. Moreover, Mrs. Linde has to go against her will and marry a man she does not love to support her relatives. This is because, in that society, women have the predisposition, which they cannot develop their sense of individuality.
The society also predisposes us to our happiness, which in turn creates our identity. This is the reason why Krogstad tends to be unhappy and resumes a vengeful attitude. He changes when he gets to be what was meant to be. Before, he has made some changes that he thinks can change his life. Therefore, he reunites with the one he loves; Mrs. Linde, which brings some sense of change and relief.
The society has some repression towards individuals. That makes Torvald live according to what the world finds acceptable. Therefore, he gets more concerned with the appearances of his wife, other than her happiness, as the former aspect is regarded more by the society. She has to keep Nora with him, although he has already rejected her, due to the public image of what a respectable marriage is.
From the above, it is clear that the world creates some definition to us, which is more of a predisposition that makes us behave in the way that we do. This is seen in the likes of Nora, Krogstad, Mrs. Linde and Torvald, as explained above.