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The character of Nora of Isbens A Dolls House is particularly difficult to interpret Her character is constructed by the combination of a number of varying traits Throughout Act 1 her ambiguity is particularly prominent Her frivolous playful moments are readily followed by moments of practicality and astuteness It is not surprising that Nora is such a changeable character for she is constantly interchanging between three main roles a supporting wife fundamental mother and sexual being Ibsen uses the metaphor of a doll inside a doll house to portray Noras attempt to become an individual while confined inside a male dominated world Her wish to become self motivated is obstructed by Torvalds power over her Noras home is the realization of domestic bliss preserved and presented like A Dolls House Lacking experience of life in the real world and oblivious to the outdoor hardships Nora is vulnerable She enters muffled in protection from the outside portrayed symbolically through her coat scarf etc Immediately Nora appears childlike and coquettish She orders Helene in an excitable tone to hide the Christmas tree as the children mustnt see it till tonight Noras secretiveness in wanting to hide the tree extends further and is a constant theme Following Torvalds light- hearted interrogation with regard to whether she has had any macaroons she becomes nervous and lies No Torvald I promiseNo NoTorvald I swear Of course this is particularly important as the entire play rotates around Noras big secret With the entrance of Krogstad Noras sense of fun abandons her Her attempt to enforce her social superiority over him is genuinely intimidated In her ambitious attempt to be superior she states one isnt without influence However within moments she is forced into pleading Mr Krogstad I dont have any influence Noras stereotyped roll as a doll confined to a dolls house constantly being fathered by Torvald encourages her childlike manner However an entirely different contradicting side
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