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Act II is largely a continuation of themes and character development that were introduced in the first act Helmers preoccupation with beauty in the household continues to be prevalent in Act II Nora says Yes Torvald knows how to make it nice and pretty around here Nora seems to have been raised in a setting that valued appearance and beauty as well Mrs Linde comments that Nora also knows how to make things nice and pretty undoubtedly because she is her fathers daughter As for Helmer Nora says that Torvald cant stand having sewing around This is probably because he likes the idea and the appearance of a carefree wife who does not have to work but is mostly a showpiece Nora herself uses Helmers pet names for herself when she is trying to get something out of him because she knows he likes it Her own speech shows how part of her wifely duties seems to be putting on a cute show Squirrel would run around and do all sorts of fun tricks if youd be nice and agreeable Lark would chirp and twitter in all the rooms up and down Ill be your elfmaid and dance for you in the moonlight Torvald The idea of moral corruption being transferred to the children of the morally decrepit is carried on in Act II as well While in Act I Helmer tells of the phenomenon of young criminals being the result of a household full of lies in Act II Nora explains Ranks poor health by saying that his father was adulterous Nora continues to demonstrate her perception of gender roles in Act II Referring to the money-borrowing business she says A man manages
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