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The choices made by Helena Alving the central character of Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen define her as they reflect her personality and dispositions She can be easily understood in terms of the choices that she makes as she abides by the norms that society has imposed upon her subverting her personal beliefs and values to those of duty The dutiful role of wife and mother is thrust upon her the choice to follow her own path is withheld by the narrow society that she exists in The choices withheld by such a society therefore limit personal choice she does not have the power to have an individual choice as all the decisions she makes are induced by the fact she is forced to abide by social norms to adhere to her duty as wife and mother This leads to her personal tragedy as the discrepancy between her beliefs and her actions cause her to lead an unhappy life and to make decisions that hurt not only herself but also the ones she loves in order to appease the society she exists within Choice is central to the whole idea of Ghosts but it is ironic that the freedom of choice is not given to Mrs Alving as the nature of the narrow society she lives in offers little scope of opportunity She is left with two choices either to abide by societal norms imposed upon her or to retain her individuality and be shunned by society Mrs Alvings choice to conform and to grudgingly accept her duty as wife and mother influences all other decisions she makes from that point on The fact that she chooses to conform rather than to rebel reflects her personality and upbringing Mrs Alving is by nature an agreeable person This is shown in the play by Mrs Alving being willing to please Pastor Manders with her agreeing with everything he says with her response on more than
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