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Nora At the beginning of the play Nora who in A Dolls House is the female protagonist is portrayed like a doll hence the title of the play Her husband Torvald talks to her like a little girl using terms such as little lark or little squirrel or his song bird in ways that illustrate his dominance in their relationship He also makes her seem inferior by making parallels to weak diminutive birds and she Later on in the first act we are shown that Nora is not really as helpless as she is first revealed Throughout the story Nora struggles for self-realization and independence from Torvalds childlike treatment of her Noras gradual self-realization is depicted thoroughly in A Dolls House The play flows well with the theme of self-realization in women Although the characters in books or short stories such as The Color Purple or A Work of Artifice are in totally different situations they all deal with the same grapple that is the search for a full appreciation of themselves Throughout the story we are enlightened by the fact that Nora really isnt as inferior or a silly girl like Torvald believes she is In Act One through Noras conversation with Mrs Linde we are revealed that she has made a loan with Krogstad which leads the reader to the knowledge that she is more educated about business aspects which are usually only known by men than as portrayed Her pure determination shows the reader that she is not just your average woman and foreshadows her coming of independence and her ultimate choice to be true to herself both physically and mentally The poem A Work of Artifice is a precise example of how Nora acted and was treated before her self-realization The poem is about a bonsai tree which is used as a symbol for a woman and used to depict the potential that a woman has but because of mans restraint
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