Nora And Torvald Character Analysis

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In the beginning of the play, all seems perfect in the Helmer’s house. Nora and Torvald's marriage appears to be a traditional one, entirely consistent with dominant middle-class standards of respectability. The house is managed by Torvald, the paterfamilias and sole breadwinner whose overriding purpose in life is to protect and provide for his family. Nora's role within the marriage is also very conventional. At first, she's either rapt, or submissive personal. Torvald seems to love her, but he also treats her like a doll or a child, calling her things like "scatterbrain" and "my little squirrel." Torvald also doesn't think much of Nora's intellectual abilities, which makes the relation between them not an equal relationship. Torvald doesn't consult with Nora with the finances. As a result of Considering Nora is naive, and inexperienced to be bothered with such details. As head of the house, he holds the money and he is the only one who need to be aware of the state of the family finances. Torvald is proved to be the more childlike of the two. Dr. Rand points out that Torvald needs to be protected from the harshness …show more content…

In response to her husband's insulting comments Nora begs and acts like a child. At the beginning of the play, Nora is prison in this "Doll's House", as we can see in her definition of freedom which she gives to Mrs. Linde: "Free. To free, absolutely free. Because she wants to play with the children. To have a clean, beautiful house, the way Torvald likes it." She is unable to perceive her situation as being caged inside her "Doll's House" and plays a part of the perfect wife according to her husband's

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