A Dolls House

During the time in which the play took place society frowned upon women asserting themselves. Women were supposed to play a role in which they supported their husbands, took care of their children, and made sure everything was perfect around the house. Nora is portrayed as a doll throughout the play until she realizes the truth about the world she lives in, and cuts herself free.
Nora Helmer was a delicate character who had been pampered all of her life, by her father, and by Torvald. She really didn't have a care in the world. She didn't even have to care for the children; the maid would usually take care of that. In every sense of the word, she was your typical housewife. She never ...

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the play with statements such as, "Is that my little lark twittering out there?" and "Is that my squirrel rummaging around?" (1069) The animal imagery used relates the animal to how Nora is acting or should be portrayed. A lark is a happy, carefree bird, and a squirrel is quite the opposite. If you are to squirrel away something, you were hiding or storing it, kind of like what Nora was doing with her bag of macaroons. It seems childish that Nora must hide things such as macaroons from her husband but if she didn't and he found out, she would be deceiving him and going against his wishes which would be socially wrong.
As the play goes on, Nora seems to transform from her delicate little character into something much more. At the end of act one, Krogstad goes to Nora for the recollection of the money she had borrowed from him. "You certainly won't tell my husband that I owe you money?" (1083). Since Nora was wrong in doing so socially, she could not tell Torvald or anyone ...

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Nora questions (possibly for the first time) Torvald's reaction as inappropriate. He treats her with no respect, calls her a liar and is ready to throw their whole marriage away just because his name might be hurt. He refuses to help her in any way, which shows that their marriage really didn't mean anything much. " Oh what an awful awakening! In all these eight years - she who was my pride and joy - a hypocrite, a liar - worse, worse - a criminal! How infinitely disgusting it all is! The shame!…"(1109) When the second letter came and he found out that his name was saved, he acts as nothing just happened between the two of them and everything was back to normal. " Try to calm ...

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Added: 2/8/2006 09:41:33 PM
Category: English
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