In Act I the first impression of Nora Helmer is made and it creates in the opening scene, Nora is arriving home from a shopping trip she has just taken. Nora walks in the house carrying parcels for the children and the Porter follows behind her carrying a Christmas tree and a basket. Upon placing the tree and basket down Nora pays him a shilling, more than double what she should have paid him, and tells him to keep the change. Nora paying the Porter more than double what she should have shown that she wants to seem to others in society that her and Torvald are rich and can afford to pay the Porter more than double especially around Christmas time. Therefore, Nora makes herself seem very self-centered and immature for pretending that her and Torvald’s money situation is perfectly fine. Later on in the play Nora’s old friend Mrs. Linde stops by in order to ask Nora to help her ...
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...hat Torvald is a controlling, shallow man who is only worried about his public reputation.
By the end of the play the audience learns that the characters throughout the play have relived their true personalities to them weather they are better or worse. Throughout his play, Ibsen uses the theme of appearance versus reality. He creates characters such as, Nora, Torvald, and Krogstad, who appear to be one person throughout the play, but by the end the audience finds out the true personality of that character. Some of the changes in a characters personality is for the worse, while some are for the better. The use of appearance versus reality in A Doll’s House gives the reader a very strong message. It tells them to never let your initial impressions of someone influence your outlook on a person because you never know when they could be hiding their true personality.
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