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A Doll’s House

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Introduction

A Doll's House Nora's personal life describes the whole A Doll's House. Raised in a society where the expectations make her a housewife, her inner turmoil helps to break apart her family. Nora has two separate parts of her character, the persona, which she shows to the world, and the shadow, which she hides. Ibsen conveys this by dialogue to show the double lives that everyone has. ...read more.

Middle

As she practices the dance, "Helmer has taken a position by the stove and during the dance gives her frequent instructions. She does not hear him" (48). Nora pretends to listen to her husband most of the time, but in certain moments her shadow self shows. The dialogue and her actions reveal that beneath her normal exterior, Nora contains a very different person, Underneath her persona, Nora has a shadow self who is desparate for responsibility. When she reveals her debt to Mrs. ...read more.

Conclusion

When her husband breaks down at the end, Nora tells him "You shall not take it upon yourself" (62). Nora's shadow eventually breaks down her persona to create her personality. By using Nora's dialogue with each other, Ibsen examines the Jungian principle of shadow and persona. He does this to show the human condition of self conflict. Ibsen shows that beneath every exterior, like the old Western towns with false fronts, there is something totally different. Nora has a childish exterior that covers an emerging adult trying to grow up, and leave the doll's house. ...read more.

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