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Nora the dominant character in the literary drama A Dolls House is impacted by numerous societal standards of nineteenth century Norway Author Henrik Ibsen illustrates the common disregard for women concerning respect monetary control employment and public behavior that Nora faced Foremost women did not receive respect from men This is evident in A Dolls House when Torvald Noras husband refers to her by immature titles such as little lark little squirrel featherhead and songbird He also speaks to her as a much loved subordinate Initially these remarks appear to be appreciated by Nora but by the plays finale she laments to Torvald that he has managed her like a doll throughout the entire duration of their eight year marriage An additional struggle for women during the late 1800s in Norway was the fact that they did not have access to or authority over monetary funds For women of this era it was essential that they have their husbands authorization to borrow earn or spend money When Torvalds ailing health requires an excursion to Italy to recuperate Nora does not let him know of their financial difficulties Instead she forges a document and borrows money from the less than honorable Nils Krogstad Furthermore during this time period there existed a taboo pertaining to high society women working To reimburse Krogstad Nora decides to acquire a job secretly Since she never did anything on her own previously she finds ample pride and pleasure in earning her own money Nora had to conceal the fact that she worked so she would not degrade Torvalds masculine image Ultimately an unyielding standard of proper behavior was expected from women in public places Females cursing for instance was considered extremely appalling When Nora exclaims Im damned out loud her friend Mrs Linde and a family confidant Dr Rank tell her to hush at once All of these societal standards greatly influence Nora At the denouement of the play she communicates
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