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Notes on Nora's transformation in "A Dolls House".

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Nora’s transformation: Character Analysis Beginning 1. Airhead/spendthrift act 2. Thinks her beauty and her helpless act is the best she has to offer, is what her husband desires 3. Has a secret strength, but lies and tricks and manipulates behind the scenes in order to get what she wants 4. Dependent on others End 1. Shows her true intelligence, strength and independence 2. Shows her superior understanding and morality compared to Torvald 3. Realizes the failings of her husband 4. Realizes the failings of society 5. Becomes serious, strong, determined, realistic, wise almost 6. Must leave her husband to educate herself 7. Independent Character Influenceï¨ change to The crisis with Torvald and the example of Mrs. Linde induce Nora to leave, the final step of independence. Thesis statement: transformation from silly, dependent girl to serious, independent woman Theme: 1. society forces women into ridiculous, limiting roles 2. society foolishly encourages playacting in a “doll’s house,” rather than in the real world of real values and real merit. ...read more.


She should be decent and act as an exemplary model for children to follow and imitate. Helmer?s remark concerning problematic juveniles supports this idea: 4. HELMER My dear Nora, as a lawyer I know what I am talking about. 5. Practically all juvenile delinquents come from homes where the 6. mother is dishonest. 7. NORA Why mothers particularly? 8. HELMER It?s generally traceable to the mothers, but of course fathers 9. can have the same influence. (Act One, 33) 10. A woman also lives under the expectation to behave as a considerate daughter. Nora forges her father?s signature which is necessarily required and urgent to save her husband?s life. She tries to be considerate and believes that the intention of her forgery is ?to try and save her father from worry and anxiety on his deathbed? (Act One, 29). She thinks that it is her responsibility to save her father from worries. ...read more.


After the revelation of the forgery, Helmer blames her for destroying the whole family and ruining his honour. At this point, Nora realises that everyone?s first and foremost duty is to seek out a space for her own self. It seems that she has changed from the frivolous, child-like dependent plaything at the beginning to the rational, determined spokeswoman for individual freedom at the end. In her awakening, Nora realises that she has been made a doll that Helmer and her father want her to be. Her decision to leave Helmer shows her intense and determined passion to seek for freedom and an individual self. Her slamming of the door at the end of the play symbolises the liberation of a woman from social roles, her triumph of individual liberty and a woman?s proper rights to personal freedom in a male chauvinistic society. As she says, ?I believe that first and foremost / I am an individual, just as much as you are ? or at least I?m going to try to be? (Act Three, 82). ...read more.

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