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The very plot of the play is the change that Nora goes through due to the events that occur These changes of attitude and behaviour are what cause the audience to feel insecure about what to think of her The play questions to which extent she is merely wearing masks to cover her independent self The way Ibsen has written this play is such that we never know the whole truth about Nora He also plays with the audiences compassion for her I think this is exactly the discussion that Ibsen intended to create with his play At the beginning of A Dolls House Nora Helmer is shown as a childish and naive housewife with a knack for spending money She seems to enjoy her role in their home which we would call the typical man-woman relationship at that time One might even go as far as to calling it a parent-child dialogue between her and her husband Torvald Helmer Torvalds usual characterization of Nora as a little spendthrift 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 During the first act of the play Noras personality is thoroughly established to the audience Who cares about them Theyre strangers is the first line to show that shes not only na but also selfish and heartless She obviously does not care about what her actions might do to others This is also shown through her conversation with Mrs Linde At Noras first sight of her she very thoughtlessly bursts out How youve changed Christine meaning that she looks old One might say that her disregard for others feelings continues throughout the play by comments like but you can get rid of one of the other clerks instead To support the fact of her great dishonesty Nora also tells many smaller and nearly
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