A Doll House Character Analysis

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Since the beginning of humanity people fought for resources and land to fulfill their selfish needs. Animals also show the characteristic of selfishness whether it is a mother stealing to feed her child or two male birds fighting for a mate. However, donating to the poor or helping the disabled is an act of selflessness. This can also be understood in humans as selflessness and selfishness is an instinctually necessary habit that requires balance. This shift between selfishness to selflessness is shown during 1879 in Europe 's social culture. The social culture allowed men to create an egoistic and manipulative characteristic because of this instinctual imbalance. In the play, A Doll House, written by Henrik Ibsen in 1879, one of the most…show more content…
Another piece of evidence in the dialogue is when Nora took up "copying" work that Torvald thought it was for decorating the "Christmas tree" which he mocked her saying it was "sorry" (382). This again suggests Nora 's selflessness for taking the taunting and teasing even though she was trying to pay back the loan she borrowed to save Trovald, who mocks her. The underlying beneficial reason is Nora’s care for her family and her fear of her husband finding out. Lastly, through this pain and fear the shift in characterization starts to occur. Secondly, towards the end of the play, Nora’s characterization shifts to self-serving because it is advantageous to her situation. The shift in her character to selfishness is seen when she admits, “The trip was to save my husband’s life” (389). This shows her egocentric act against the law by committing forgery in order to acquire money to save her husband. She commits this selfish act towards her own advantage for her family. Although the egocentric act is an illegal crime, she justifies it with her moral necessity. Lastly, Nora’s transition to a selfish character can be seen with the use of a prop and the movement with the prop when she “hits [Dr. Rank] lightly on the ear with the stockings” (395). The prop exemplifies a sexual item to which the movement is seen in a flirtatious manner in order to ask for a favor. The advantage of
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