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In Henrik Ibsens play A Dolls House the personality of the protagonist Nora Helmer is developed and revealed through her interactions and conversations with the other characters in the play including Mrs Linde Nils Krogstad Dr Rank and Ann-Marie Ibsen also uses certain dramatic and literary techniques and styles such as irony juxtaposition and parallelism to further reveal interesting aspects of Noras personality Mrs Linde provides and interesting juxtaposition to Nora while Krogstad initially provides the plot elements required for Noras character to fully expand in the play Dr Ranks love for Nora provides irony and an interesting twist in their relationship while Ann-Marie acts in a parallel role to Nora in that they are both away from their children for long periods of time Nora Helmers character itself is minimally established and revealed at the beginning of the play but the reader is further privy to her personality as the play progresses as she interacts with each of the other minor characters in the play Ibsen deliberately chooses to show Noras true self by revealing it in conversations between her and other characters Mrs Linde is one of these minor characters who is juxtaposed against Nora Mrs Linde married primarily for financial security and future ambitions while Nora sincerely believes that she married Torvald for love and happiness This provides a conflict for the apparently childlike Nora as she realizes that her partner in the marriage probably didnt marry her for the same reason Also an example of dramatic irony arises at the end of the play when Mrs Lindes relationship with Krogstad revives again while Noras marriage to Helmer crumbles As Nora unhappily but determinedly leaves her home for a different life Mrs Lindes happiness seems to be just beginning How different now How different Someone to work for to live for - a home to build These sentiments ironically portray the very qualities of married life that Nora desired to win
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