The Many Faces Of Nora Helmer Essay

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The Many Faces of Nora Helmer

Henrik Ibsen’s stated; “A woman cannot be herself in the society of the present day, which is an exclusively masculine society, with laws flamed by men and with a judicial system that judges feminine conduct from a masculine point of view” (Forward, 2009). In 1879 Henrik Ibsen wrote the controversial play A Doll House. During this time women were just starting to come out of their stereotypical roles, and Ibsen whether he meant to or not illustrated this change in the time period in his play. A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen is a play about a contemporary married couple, who at first glances seems happy. As the play progresses, we find out that Nora one of the main characters of the play and wife to Torvald Helmer: is not such a happy “little lark” after all (Ibsen, 1251). At the end of the play she discovers she has managed to lose herself along the way and decides the best thing to do is to leave her husband and children. Nora Helmer in A Doll House is a very interesting character because she changes from childlike, deceitful, desperate, and becomes self-aware. The first trait of Nora Helmer is childishness. In the first act she is portrayed as childish, frivolous and happy. It’s an important trait because it helps us to better analyze Nora Helmer’s character. Mr. Helmer confirms this by calling her several different pet names like “little lark”, “spendthrift”, and “sulky squirrel” (Ibsen, 1251-1252). Nora doesn’t seem to mind these pet names…

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