A Doll House, NORA comparison

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It is fascinating how a writer 's personal beliefs, upbringing, and era can dramatically change a characters persona. One such character is Nora Helmer from a play called "A Doll 's House". "A Doll 's house" was originally written in 1879 by Henrik Ibsen. Henrik Ibsen was born in 1828 in Skien, Norway. Ibsen portrays Nora as a person with very low self esteem, untrustworthy, and self absorbed. During Ibsen 's era women where subservient and listen to what they are told by the dominant man in their life. Ibsen 's own views about women come through in this character. Even though Ibsen attempts to address women 's rights, he fails women by portraying Nora as a selfish woman who ran out on her family to fulfill her own needs.

The play "A Doll
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She acts like the perfect doll wife who revels in the luxuries that she can afford, because she is married to a wealthy husband. Nora was also very flirtatious, and constantly engaged in childlike acts of disobedience; Such as little lies about things she bought. Nora goes through life with the illusion that everything is perfect, never standing up for her self. When a woman of that time loves as Nora believes she does, nothing else matters. She will sacrifice herself for the family.

Nora believes her purpose in life is to be happy for her husband and the children. Nora did believe that she loved Torvald and was happy. She had a passionate and devoted heart that was willing to do almost anything for her husband. At first she did not understand that these feelings were not reciprocated. Torvald does not want a wife who will challenge him with her own thoughts and actions. She finally realizes her feelings where untrue. The final confrontation between the couple involves more oppression by Torvald calling her a "featherbrained woman" and "blind, incompetent child", but by this time Nora has realized the situation he wishes to maintain, and is convinced her own happiness is more important. The fury Nora saw in Torvald after opening the letter that exposed her lie showed Nora a strange man. Someone she had not been wife to, someone she did not love. Their marriage is fake and mutually beneficial because of their social class. She realizes they are
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