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Representation Of Nora In A Doll's House

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Role representation seems to be evident in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. The main characters in the play make themselves to be someone who others would want them to be, instead of actually being their natural selves. The character that stands out the most, whose role is actually so impeccable to where the character appears to be living two different lives would be Nora. Nora would be the, loving and childish wife to Torvald, however, unknowingly, perhaps to herself too, she is also a strong, and independent woman. With the progression of the play, Nora’s persona also shifts from that of a wife who is the everyday playful, trophy wife that is seen by her husband and friends, to that of a woman who is self-empowering and willing.
The reader’s first impression of Nora is of a submissive, money-loving, juvenile wife. In the first act of the play, Nora appears to just want money from Torvald, her husband. We first encounter this in the scene with Torvald after she revealed to him what she had bought for the children, Nora definitely does not delay herself whatsoever in asking for money. In fact, even her answer to what she would like for Christmas, her answer is money. The way Torvald addresses Nora as if she was just a little girl is quite impressive, “my little lark mustn’t droop her wings like that. What? Is my squirrel in the sulks?” The quote shows that he is talking to a little child. In fact, Torvald states that he is giving her money, and as he is doing so, their interaction seems to be almost of a grandparent giving money to his favorite and precious granddaughter. This interaction makes Nora appear to be more of a prized possession than an equal partner. However, little does the audience know, this is just merely the r...

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...es also serves a purpose of equality in women as human. Nora’s character is also able to argue that aspects of society may be immoral which may or may not be correct except for the view of woman as less intelligent than the opposite sex. This is all seen through Nora’s “second” life. From what it appears, on the surface she’s a beautiful, fun toy to her husband, and somewhat to her friend, Mrs. Linden. It isn’t until her secret becomes known that she is appreciated more. Nora’s secret or second life helps her prove to herself that she has the ability to work and earn money, and that she has the capability to endure huge amounts of pressure when determined. It is because of this secret life of hers that eventually allows for her to free herself from the “doll” house, and ultimately lets her leave the house fearlessly, with the intentions of learning about herself.
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