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In the play A Dolls House by Henrik Ibsen a breakthrough author who put critical spotlights on Victorian era morals and ethics presented in society the strength of a woman not common during Ibsens time was portrayed realistically This realistic plot and what was considered an immoral conclusion in the 1800s brought attention to how a woman in those times could rise up against societys standards Nora Helmer the protagonist in this play is married to an oppressive lawyer Torvald Helmer who patronizes her and treats her like a child throughout the play The theme in this play is that Nora rises up against the oppression and patronization when she understands her true strength which has always been inside of her The author portrays Noras hidden strength through the following ways 1 Manipulation and flirtation 2 Her gradual growth as a person from infancy all the way into adulthood and 3 The final self-actualization which she achieves at the end of the play The first method the author used to convey the idea of Noras strength is in the introduction of A Dolls House Nora is described as a childish whiny and needy woman - what was considered the ideal or typical Victorian Woman These traits allow her to be manipulative in order to get something she wants because she exploits these stereotypes In the beginning of the story Nora walks in with shopping bags from Christmas shopping and a dreaded bag of macaroons the kind shes not allowed to eat Even though shes not allowed to eat them she lies to her beloved husband who questions her little squanderbird if she has digressed into the pastry shop 174 when he smells candy on her breath where she replies that she could never act against Torvalds wishes 175 even though she does anyway This form of rebellious manipulation where Nora lies to someone about something she does anyway knowing its wrong is present throughout the
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