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Going from Child to Woman The Transformation of Nora Helmer In Henrik Ibsens A Dolls House the character of Nora Helmer goes through the dramatic transformation of a kind and loving house wife to a desperate and bewildered woman whom will ultimately leave her husband and everything she has known Ibsen uses both the characters of Torvald and Nora to represent the tones and beliefs of 19th century society By doing this Ibsen effectively creates a dramatic argument that continues to this day that of feminism We are introduced in Act I with Nora returning from Christmas shopping Ibsen utilizes this time for dramatic purposes of the Christian holidays and to show the struggle between a middle class marriage Nora plans on having a big holiday bash while Torvald would rather refrain since there is a rather limited cash flow Nora Oh yes Torvald we can squander a little nowpiles of money 1506 Torvald follows up with But then it is three full months till the raise comes through 1506 Nora at this point in the play is nothing more than a child careless in her action and not thinking ahead of possible consequences Nora sees nothing wrong in spending big on Christmas Granted this is a righteous cause since the holidays are about giving to others but still a parent should know the limit of happiness they should bring At this point Torvald begins to act as society and unknowingly begins to use condescending terms towards Nora Are you scatterbrains off again 1506 my dear little Nora 1507 Youre an odd little one 1507 Torvald sees nothing wrong in these little pet names he gives Nora He is absolutely right there is nothing wrong with pet names Unfortunately when the pet names are also a part of the larger scheme that woman are inferior only then do they become evil and no longer childish Yes very-that is if you actually hung onto
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