Torvald manipulates Nora like a puppet in the way that he that he knows how to sway her by playing to her weaknesses. “Come, come, my little skylark must not droop her wings. What is this! Is my little squirrel out of temper? (Taking out his purse.) Nora, what do you think I have got here?” (Ibsen 1347). Torvald teases Nora about her spending habits only to offer her more money as a way to appease her, in order to sway her emotional status to his liking. “Ten shillings—a pound—two pounds! Thank you, thank you, Torvald; that will keep me going for a long time.”(Ibsen 1347). By giving Nora money he is, in the eyes of society letting her live up to the expectations of the prototypical woman during that era.
“Because shopping was from the outset seen as an extension of woman 's domestic role, women have always been recognized as central to the development of consumerism” (Prasch). Because of the labeling of women’s roles in s...
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...cCaffrey) in the sense that society believed that women’s only sole purpose was to stay at home and be mother and take care of the house, while the men went out and worked.
Nora’s character is a perfect representation of women’s rights in many ways. From when the play was written in 1879, some of the earliest steps towards gender equality were taking place around the same time “In 1848 at Seneca Falls, New York, some three hundred people, including forty men, gathered at the Wesleyan Methodist Church to ratify the Declaration of Sentiments, the first women’s right document”(Quezzaire). The reader can take away that Nora, who’s individualism began to manifest itself towards the end of the play is similar like many women suffered from inequality, but society slowly started to change its views on women’s roles and their individuality began to mold to their own liking.
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