Character Analysis Of Nora Helmer In A Doll's House

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Analysis of Nora Helmer in A Doll’s House There are many ways in which society expects a women to act. She is meant to be a wife, a mother, and a homemaker. She is expected to have traits of innocence, dependency, moral soundness, and fragility. On the surface, it may seem like Nora Helmer fits the role of the average 19th century woman. Nora Helmer is the main character in the play A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. She is the wife of Torvald Helmer and a mother of three. Nora fits the role of the perfect housewife, but a closer look shows us that not everything is as it seems to be. As the play progresses, Nora becomes confused about her role in life. Nora grows into a strong woman that stands up for herself and takes control of her destiny.…show more content…
This simple act of dishonesty is representable of Nora 's character and the relationship that her and Torvald share. Nora also hides from him a large debt that she has because of a loan she took out behind his back. Torvald, similar to many men during this time period, seems to have ownership over his wife. He tells her what she can and can not eat, how to dress, etc. Even Though it seems that Torvald loves Nora. he is constantly belittling her and treating her like his “doll” to play with. He uses dehumanizing pet names such as “My little lark”, “Squirrel”, and “Spendthrift”. At the end of the play, Nora has an epiphany and realizes that torvald doesn 't truly love her. His constant degradation is part of what lead to her to leaving in the…show more content…
Her main character strength is her independence and willingness to take control of her life. When her husband was dying, and they had no money, Nora took their fate into her own hands. Even Though she was not supposed to take out a loan, especially without speaking to her husband, she did so anyway. She saw that the man she loved was dying and she did everything she could to save him, no matter the consequences or legality of the situation. Nora is not as fragile and naive as many people think. She had tirelessly been working off her debt in secret, without help from anyone
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