The Doll In A Doll's House By Henrik Ibsen

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Nora Helmer could be argued to be the “Doll” in the play “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen. She was spoiled by her father while growing up and now by her husband Torvald which, at first leads Nora to have a lack of reality and a sense of immaturity with childish tendencies and a lack of understanding the law. We watch how Nora slowly begins to learn how to think like an adult and become independent as the play unfolds. Her interactions with the members of the cast proves how much of an unrealistic view Nora has on her actions. Nora was sheltered her entire life and which can only lead to the question if she will be able to fend for herself and learn what it is to be a responsible adult. While the play continues to unfold we watch Nora go from …show more content…
Not just with the names and her reactions to them but her behavior with the macaroons, and how she listens at the Torvalds office door; these are both things that children do. When a child is told not to do something that could sometimes have a reverse affect and make them want to do this action more. “Children who are excessively coddled and protected by their parents, thus depriving them of the opportunities to develop a sense of personal responsibility and to have life experiences tend to have trouble with understanding responsibility and continue to act out childish behaviors in adulthood.” (Kenneth Whyte). In the opening of the play Nora is interacting with the delivery boy whose services were fifty pounds but Nora gave him a hundred pounds; she decided that mid transaction she no longer had that patience to wait for change and told the delivery boy to keep it. When a person is babied and is used to having everything handed to them, most don’t understand the meaning of patience and don’t have respect to the fact of money. To Nora an extra fifty pounds was nothing because she was always on the higher end of the social class. Her father was well off and gave her everything (from what we know of him) and now her husband just gives into her when she asked for money (Ibsen 789). No one has ever taught Nora the importance of money and how to properly spend it. Nora plays the blame game with Mrs. Linde when Nora offers both Mrs. Linde and Dr. Rank macaroons; Dr. Rank states how Torvald disapproves of having the candy

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