When the character of Nora is first introduced one of the first things we see her doing is eating macaroons, then hiding them when her husband Torvald. Her behavior in this scene possibly demonstrates a few things. First this demonstrates a lack of obedience towards her husband, Torvald, and a willingness to not do everything he tells her, which is the root of the main dilemma in this work. It also reaffirms her position as a child in this relationship. This scene is a classic example of a parent/child relationship that is often seen in real life, such as when a child steals a cookie from a cookie jar, then denies it. Nora even openly says in act two, that Torvald is almost a parental figure in her life, when she is talking to Dr. Rank. "Surely you can understand that being with Torvald is a little like being with papa.” Henrik is intentionally setting up Nora and Torvald’s relationship as a child/parental relationship to emphasize Nora’s position as the submissive and her powerlessness, however despite the fact that Torvald refers to her as a child he isn’t the only one to demean her. In act one when Nora first encounters Mrs. Linde, they begin to have a discussion and then Mrs.Linde says “You are a child,Nora.” This shows that not only Torvald thinks l...
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...to leave you now.” Nora is now putting herself above her husband defying the standards that were once in place. She also demonstrates this transformation when she says her iconic line “I have duties to myself.” She is beginning to separate herself from the role that was she was casted as, and be her own independent person.
Henrik shows this transformation because he is commenting that gender spheres do not have to be in place, and a women can have rights to themselves. Nora went from being the housewife that a women is expected to be in this society, which is to be like a child and be powerless and dependent, and changed into her own independent self. This is a commentary on the average female lifestyle in the current time period this work was written in, and how women don’t have to be what society expects them to be, and are capable of doing things for themselves.
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