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This paper analyzes Nora, the main character in "A Doll's House" and examines the different facets of her personality. The paper discusses both her businesswoman persona that she has kept secret and the little doll persona that she displays for her father and her husband. The paper also compares the story in "A Doll's House" to Ibsen's real life, pointing out similarities between the two and looks at similarities between dilemmas faced by today's women and the women that lived in the era of the novel. Finally, the paper concludes that Nora, in spite of the persona that she projected to her husband and father for so long, is actually a strong, flexible and proud woman.
From the Paper:"In reading what other critics and readers have written about the character Norma Helmer, it appears that her character evolved or was in the process of evolving through out the play. Definitely, she like many women of the 19th Century, carefully hid her strength behind a sweet doll-like demeanor that was at best a fabrication to placate the expectations of her domineering husband and the belief by society at large, that women were weak silly creatures. On the other hand, in presenting this persona, Nora also lied to herself about her own strength and until she revealed herself, she denied her husband the right of the spouse to really know whom he really married. But then maybe Torvald did not really want to know the darker and stronger side of Nora. He was an unappreciative boor for all of her hard work in his name. So we really see the two central characters as they really are at the end of the play. Nora is strong, flexible but proud, and Torvald is a priggish weak egotistical person."
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Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House" (2006, June 14) Retrieved April 18, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/henrik-ibsen-a-doll-house-66542/
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