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THE CHARACTERS Spelling of the characters names may vary according to the translation NORA HELMER Nora is a fascinating character for actresses to play and for you to watch She swings between extremes she is either very happy or suicidally depressed comfortable or desperate wise or naive helpless or purposeful You can understand this range in Nora because she wavers between the person she pretends to be and the one she may someday become At the beginning of the play Nora is still a child in many ways listening at doors and guiltily eating forbidden sweets behind her husbands back She has gone straight from her fathers house to her husbands bringing along her nursemaid to underline the fact that shes never grown up Shes also never developed a sense of self Shes always accepted her fathers and her husbands opinions And shes aware that Torvald would have no use for a wife who was his equal But like many children Nora knows how to manipulate Torvald by pouting or by performing for him In the end it is the truth about her marriage that awakens Nora Although she may suspect that Torvald is a weak petty man she clings to the illusion that hes strong that hell protect her from the consequences of her act But at the moment of truth he abandons her completely She is shocked into reality and sees what a sham their relationship has been She becomes aware that her father and her husband have seen her as a doll to be played with a figure without opinion or will of her own- first a doll-child then a doll-wife She also realizes that she is treating her children the same way Her whole life has been based on illusion rather than reality The believability of the play hinges on your accepting Noras sudden self-awareness Some readers feel that she has been a child so long
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