At the beginning of the play, Nora and Helmer’s relationship appears to be a typical marriage in the 1800s. Helmer, as the man, is the head of the house and Nora is portrayed as the naïve, “spendthrift” wife who has no dealings with the financial situation of the family. However, as the story evolves, a different side of Nora emerges. She attempts to conform to society’s views of gender roles in order to keep her “beautiful and happy home” and fears that telling her husband about what she did will “completely upset the balance of [their] relationship” (891). ...
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...nd society, and the differences between Nora and Anne Marie, the nursemaid. Anne Marie, as Stetz points out, was forced to “give up her own daughter, who was born out of wedlock, in order to take the job of raising Nora” (151). However, she does not seem discontent with her position in life; in fact, she seems quite content to have gotten “such a good situation out of it” (905) in coming to be Nora’s nursemaid, and then that of Nora’s children.
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