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Nora Helmer is one of the most interesting characters in Henrik Ibsens play A Dolls House She is the mother of three and the wife to Torvald Helmer Helmer just as any man in his time period is basically the owner of his wife He shows love and affection for her but at the same time belittles her Throughout the play Nora grows to be a powerful woman and to stand up for her and what she believes in In the beginning of A Dolls House Nora allows herself to follow social conformity and yield to every wish or whim of Helmer For example she is eating macaroons and as soon as Helmer walks into the room she will hide them so he doesnt know 2 At times she can be a giddy and submissive girl When Nora finds out that Christine is a widow she says Poor thing how you must have suffered And he left you nothing She is referring to the fact that Christine has nothing without a husband No money and no children It seems as though she feels that that is the only thing one can get out of marriage 6 Also within Act I we get to see Noras freedom with her children as she hides under a table to play with them 18 Krogstad comes to visit her and she fears him that he would talk about her debt to him 19 Even though he doesnt even come to speak with her about the money she fears him It is amazing how just after seeing her freedom she can suddenly shift to these new feelings A little later in this act we experience yet another side to Nora She realizes that she needs to be scared of her husband because he might find out about this debt she illegally has She fears that it will ruin her family 28 Act II opens to show Nora absolutely paranoid She
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