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Although Aristotle is very specific in his requirements for what defines a tragedy those elements doesnt necessarily create one A story may contain one or more of those elements and not be a tragedy On the other hand as in the example of Oedipus it may contain all of those elements and be considered a tragedy However it is not only the elements themselves that make a character tragic- it is the story as a whole that determines it In the case of A Dolls House those elements do not make Nora a tragic character The first element states that the tragic character is in conflict with internal and external forces In the beginning it isnt obvious that Nora is in conflict with anything She is perceived as a woman who is a bit self- absorbed and very willing to do anything to please her husband Later the audience sees that the external force she is in conflict with is her husband himself Nora had to live the past eight years of her marriage to him believing that that is how a loving marriage should be She couldnt step outside of the fishbowl and take an outsiders point of view on how their relationship really was The internal conflict Nora has was the realization that her husband wasnt the kind of man she loves and that she had to make herself over As the title implies Nora is the doll that her husband plays with and even her father before that All her life Nora was played like a puppet and neither her husband nor father gave her any real respect or credit for what she has accomplished The second element states that the intermixing of eventscircumstances and the characters actions results in hisher downfall Noras downfall was Torvald discovering that she borrowed money form Krogstad to save his life From the beginning it is apparent that Nora is very worried about Torvald
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