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a woman in marriage throughout history has been the role of the submissive attentive wife Her role mainly comprised of living for her husband and her children Many authors reflect this issue in their writings Henrik Ibsen in his play A Dolls House examines the consequences of the stereotypical roles of women and men in marriage He walks his readers through the path of a woman regaining her strength and self-respect This essay will attempt to follow Nora the main character through her journey into regaining her self-esteem and self worth From the very first lines of the play we notice the status quo between Torvald and Nora Torvald is the stereotypically strong dignified husband while Nora is little skylark twittering 148 Torvalds continual reference to Nora using bird names parallels Noras image of herself For example in the first act Torvald continually refers to Nora as his little featherbrain his little scatterbrain his squirrel sulking and most importantly his song bird These images of weak birds characterize Nora as a weak person The simple twittering little birds we see every day are very susceptible to cold weather and to dying and so is Nora The image of a little featherbrain and a little scatterbrain indicate stupidity Nora cant think for herself because her thoughts are scattered and unorganized In contrast we are led to believe that Torvald is the loving and accommodating husband He treats Nora like a child She not knowing any better at this stage acts accordingly For example as a child forbidden by its mother from eating candy before dinner Nora hides her forbidden macaroons from Torvald Acting as a parent Torvald suspects her hiding macaroons from him He repeatedly asks her if she is sure she didnt eat any macaroons Noras response to Torvald shows us her lack of self-esteem Instead of sharing with him her love for macaroons she hides it Instead of standing up for her rights
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