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Nora and Miss Julie were victims and also products of their societies They share many similar psychological characteristics but at the same time they are complements of one another when one went from black to white the other turned from white to black Both women swing between extremes Both were happy or extremely depressed poised or neurotic determined or helpless until the end of the plays Both women verbally expressed these feelings in similar ways broken sentences unfinished thoughts and sudden exclamations In the beginning of the first act Nora is speaking with Mrs Linde upon her arrival Nora consistently interjects to bring the conversation back to herself with little outbursts of oh and no no Act 1 followed by a comment concerning her life Usually seeming unaware of her self-centeredness she sometimes catches herself When she does she stops in mid-sentence and points it out to Mrs Linde only to do it all over again Shes excitable and in need of attention Miss Julie behaves similarly when she is first introduced into the story by expressing how much fun she is having dancing drinking and celebrating the midsummers eve She cuts both Jean and Kristins speaking off because she feels what she has to say is the most important She talks down to them yet her reactions to what the two have to say jump from extreme to extreme She gets flared up then coquettish then sharp then gentle all in a matter of minutes showing she really is influenced by what they think Nora came from a high society raised in a protected comfortable environment She was sheltered by her father and played the part of the obedient and loving woman in his life without her mother being there She moved right on to playing the same part for her Torvald upon their marriage She was the pet and received her love this way It was what she knew the men
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