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Analysis Of Nora Helmer In A Doll's House

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In Hedrick Ibsen's, "A Doll's House", Nora Helmer is deceptive to nearly every character in the play. Not only does she forge her father's signature, but also lies to her husband about it, refuses to reveal where she obtained it from and continues to add more lies on to avoid being discovered and having to face her consequences. Her constant deceitful actions are committed initially to prove herself as reliable and independent, unlike how women were seen as in her era, but escalated to simply to cover up her signature forgery. One bad decision she took for her own pleasure was not enough for Nora. Each action and decision she took inevitably gave more need to cover up with another lie and inevitably digging herself into a deep hole that…show more content…
Nora's immaturity deemed it necessary to forge his signature. Doing this proves that Nora has never really recognized what is acceptable in society and sets the tone for her behavior throughout the rest of the story. Krogstad, who was convicted previously of forgery, was not fooled by Nora's antics, pressuring and blackmailing her into getting his position back in the bank. Nora attempted to influence and manipulate Mr. Helmer yet again, but failing miserably, leaving her the option of accepting her fate. Despite that, she decides to postpone the process by pretending to be needing Torvald for any little issue to avoid him reading Krogstad's letter which contains an explanation of Nora's actions. This selfish and degrading action is the key moment in which Nora exposes her true immature and egocentric self. Nora was not the person initially thought to be. She was not ever truthful to her selfless and trusting husband and never truly cared for him even if she tried to disguise her trip by claiming it was only for her husband's well-being. Her last and most desperate action taken is to leave her family but is discovered before she got the chance. Although Ibsen's play was meant for entertainment, it opens into a more wholesome meaning of selfishness and narcissism of individuals who are attached to money and their own pleasures regardless of who they have to "disobey" or trick. Nora's constant actions and only regret for
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