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In A Dolls House a female protagonist seeking self-worth strikes up controversy A Dolls House introduces women as having their own purposes and goals The protagonist Nora Helmer develops throughout the play to eventually conclude that her way of living needs to change and that she must develop characteristics of her own In other words she realizes that she needs to be an individual Distinct characteristics of the womens inferior role in a relationship are stressed through the contradicting actions of Nora Her obsession with buying nice clothes and the buying of expensive Christmas gifts for the kids opposes her ingenuity in freeloading and buying of cheap clothing for herself so that she can save money to repay her fraudulent loan Another example of contradiction would be when she defied Torvald by snacking on Macaroons and then denying it when he confronts her about them This action contradicts the compliance of her opinions Lastly Noras engaging nature disagrees with her monogamous relationship with her husband Nora is a friendly woman who is very flirtatious with many other men These three examples highlight the surface of a relationship in which women play a dependent role Ibsen gets our attention to these three examples to draw attention to the overall role that a woman plays compared to the roles of their husband It can be suggested that women have the choice to choose which rules to follow at home but not in the workplace Nora doesnt come to terms in the beginning to realize that the rules in the real world apply to her This is shown in Noras meeting with Krogstad In Noras opinion it wasnt illegal for a woman to risk it all for the life of ones husband Nora also thinks that her illegal activity will be disregarded in the eyes of the law due to the fact that she was in a situation of total desperation Ibsen p1133 Her
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