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Henrik Ibsen wrote the play A Dolls House in a time when women were amidst a social struggle in order to stop the oppression society placed on them concerning their roles The main character in Ibsens play is Nora Helmer the beautiful wife of Torvald Helmer She struggles with her need to escape Torvalds power and be able to learn things about the real world which she has never experienced Ibsen wants Noras exit to be interpreted as an expression of her freedom intelligence individualism in an oppressive society and most of all escaping a life that is not her own The title A Dolls House is a metaphor for how Torvald and Nora are living Their lives are a game in which Nora is a doll for Torvald to play with and do with as he pleases Torvald calls her demeaning names like skylark squirrel and songbird which she does not like By using these names Torvald does not treat Nora as a mature woman in her twenties Instead she plays the role of his child-wife and goes along with it To get her way she must play the role Torvald gave her NORA If little squirrel asked you really prettily to grant her a wish-- HELMER Well NORA Would you grant it to her HELMER First I should naturally have to know what it was NORA Squirrel would do lots of pretty tricks for you if you granted her wish 1001-02 In their game though it seems as if Nora is in control She always gets her own way eating macaroons spending money as well as receiving more from Torvald HELMER follows her Now now My little songbird mustnt droop her wings Whats this Is little squirrel sulking Takes out his purse Nora guess what Ive got here NORA turns quickly Money 976 This shows how their relationship is a game where Torvald sets up rules for Nora
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