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Character Analysis for Nora Helmer Sometimes characters in a novel or play go through a great dynamic change only to find their true self and to remove the fraudulent perception of themselves in the eyes of others Such a change leads the character to become fully aware of their life as well as finally understand what a hypocritical life they have mistakenly led At the beginning of Henrik Ibsens A Dolls House Nora Helmer is shown as a childish and nave housewife with a knack for spending money This opinion is transferred mostly through Noras parent - child dialogue with her husband Torvald Torvalds usual characterization of Nora as an expensive little person p14 with a skill of melting his money in her hands clearly illustrates Noras relation with her husband as being strikingly similar to that of a spoiled child and his wealthy parents However during the course of the play as Ibsen takes the reader through the climax of Noras pre-liberated life he shows how Nora develops into a wiser more determined woman who learns to respect herself Noras development is highlighted and guided with her growing courage her direct attempts to become more equal with her husband and her increasingly realistic attitude about herself As Nora Helmer develops increasingly more courage the reader sees a start at her growing liberality and respect for herself At first Noras carefree happiness is only propelled by her utter following and dependence on her husbands wishes For example Torvald jokingly confronts Nora about nibbling on some sweets she seriously states she should not think of going against your wishes p15 acting in the same way a child would when he does not obey However with the arrival of Mrs Linde Nora finds a person to whom she can be fully honest and true Her request that Torvald hire Mrs Linde a demand unthinkable of at the beginning of the novel indicates an ongoing change
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