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Interchangeable Roles of Nora and Helmer in A Doll House In Ibsens play A Doll House Nora is personified as a helpless child in need of her husbands protection She eats macaroons which she hides from her husband because her husband forbids her candy This gives her the image of the mischievous child hiding her candy from the adult Helmer She hums as if she has no care in the world as innocent as a young child while her husband works in his study With this aura of innocence Nora is also generous to a fault She gives the delivery boy twice what she owes him as a tip but her husband takes this sign of generosity as Nora being a spendthrift Helmer views Nora as a child to be protected and guided through everything she does He calls her lark and squirrel pet names to diminish her importance as an individual and to impose his superiority as a man He views his wife as a possession as well as an object to beautify his home Her intellectual immaturity stems from her sheltered life and so she views life from an unrealistic point of view Noras troubles stem from a hidden financial hardship and so money becomes the central focus for her happiness Money is very important in this household and Noras outward spending habits are a delight and a vexation to Helmer He delights in the fact that she is dependent on him for guidance protection and her livelihood He laughs at her for spending money that they do not have yet and at the same time she annoys him by her outward lack of concern in spending his money on Christmas trifles When she shows her lack of business sense in wanting to borrow money so she can spend more money on Christmas Helmer criticizes her lack of sense and at the same time he justifies it because she is
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