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The Psychology of Nora Many have called Ibsens A Doll House a promotion of womens rights or a work of romanticism It is much more than that Noras psychological makeup is a result of an oppressive emotionally depriving and possibly abusive father and an absent mother Her flighty actions are the ones of a child because as a child that is probably the only way she got attention and she was never taught any other way The concept and reality of an independent woman in the late nineteenth century was non-existent making the dramatic decision of the main character that much more significant How does a woman in a completely confining society evolve to a point where she must go so completely against societal convention that her very life could be jeopardized And was this her only option Through the examination of her relationship with her husband as well as her relationships with others in her life we will see that Nora had only two options bury her emotional misgivings and stay where s he was or break free and save herself emotionally Probably the most important feature in discussing the root of Noras psychology is the revelations she made regarding her father 1186 While addressing her husband she reveals the fact that she had to hide her own ideas if they differed from those of her father because he wouldnt like it 1186 Her father called her his doll-child and treated her as a doll This type of domineering relationship may have been typical of the era but it also raises questions about the role of her mother It is revealed that Anne-Marie a nurse was Noras only mother figure 1162 Her only female role model was one of a woman in an extremely subservient position Quite often when one parent is quite dominating the other parent tries to encourage some balance within the child behind the scenes with private discussions etc There
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