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Nora Helmer as a Doll In Isbens A Dolls House Nora the protagonist is treated like a doll - the property of Torvald Helmer In Act I there are many clues that hint at the kind of marriage Nora and Torvald have It seems that Nora is a doll controlled by Torvald She relies on him for everything from movements to thoughts much like a puppet that is dependent on its puppet master for all of its actions The most obvious example of Torvalds physical control over Nora is his re-teaching her the tarantella Nora pretends that she needs Torvald to teach her every move in order to relearn the dance This act shows her submissiveness to Torvald After he teaches her the dance he proclaims When I saw you dance the tarantella like a huntress a temptress my blood grew hot I couldnt stand it any longer1530 showing how he is more interested in Nora physically than emotionally When Nora responds by saying Leave me Torvald Get away form me I dont want all this1530 Torvald asks Arent I your husband1530 By saying this he is implying that one of Noras duties as his wife is to physically pleasure him at his command Torvald also does not trust Nora with money which exemplifies Torvalds treating Nora as a child On the rare occasion when Torvald gives Nora some money he is concerned that she will waste it on candy and pastry Noras duties in general are restricted to caring for the children doing housework and working on her needlepoint A problem with her responsibilities is that her most important obligation is to please Torvald making her role similar to that of a slave When Torvald does not immediately offer to help Nora after Krogstad threatens to expose her Nora realizes that there is a problem By waiting until after he discovers that his social status will suffer no harm Torvald
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