The passage is from the closing stages of Act Three, and deals with Nora and Helmer. It commences with the arrival of the couple from the boll upstairs and Helmer commanding Nora to be at ease. “Try and calm yourself, and make your mind easy again, my frightened little singing-bird” (Lines 1-3). The fact that he is commanding Nora (a characteristic which is seen throughout the play) sets the stage for what the reader would have previously viewed as the subjection of Nora to her husband’s power, yet due to the resent events this is the turning point for Nora’s subjective character towards her husband. Most importantly, it is the revelation of the growth of Nora’s character which she has undergone throughout the course of the play. Her actions that follow depict this change. Throughout the play the reader is presented with Nora’s conformity to her husband’s directions yet in this passage we see how this is not the case. Ibsen has carefully built up fo...
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... to her dominating male figure and has made up her mind. She has decided to go out to the world and see ‘who is right, the world or’ her. She has decided to leave her family behind if that is the sacrifice which is needed. She has one goal in mind and that is to find her. She has already begun the process of growth since the beginning of the play, her she demonstrates how this growth has appealed to her and how she plans to continue with it. Ibsen makes this the climax of the play, because although there have been problems this is the point where a firm stand is made and a resolution is derived from this. She no longer want s to be overpowered she has made up her mind and she seeks to get power, and this is all demonstrated in the passage that was presented.
Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll's House. Trans. R. Farquharson Sharp. New York: Bantam Dell, 2005.
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