A Doll House Essay

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1. In "A Doll House" by Ibsen, Nora is responsible for the majority of the problems throughout the play. Nora acts very childish and irresponsible. In the first Act, Nora orders Helene in a playful voice to hide the Christmas tree. The hiding of the Christmas tree begins Nora's continued secretiveness of lies and deception (1159). Torvald asked Nora jokingly if she had went to the candy store and ate some cookies. Nora was uneasy and began deceiving Torvald with her lies (1145). When a lie is told it must continue and grow with the addition of more lies, to increase believability. This downward spiral that Nora enters in the beginning of the play causes her to have more severe problems. Of course, this is particularly important as the entire play rotates around Nora's "secret." Nora challenges Krogstad, which is the main reason Krogstad wrote the letter to Torvald. Nora is a self-centered individual when she believes she is untouchable in her conversation with Krogstad. Nora dares Krogstad, " You certainly won't tell my husband that I owe you money? (1156)." This sarcasm would bring nearly anyone to fire. Nora is trapped in debt with Krogstad. She seems, at times in the play, unaware of the value of money. Nora develops to become greedy after going from her frivolous expenditures to bargain shopping to save change. The reader is supposed to see Nora as childlike and immature. However, she has been carefully constructed so that her independence and wisdom have always shown through. Her character at this stage is one enforced on her by society and those around her. Nora's lies become fully developed, with detail lies to cover the background. She is very clever to use her rehearsed tricks to get her way. Those tricks get her into complex situations that endanger her husband's reputation.1. Nora is a victim to the problems she faces due to her ignorance and lack of planning. Nora is vulnerable, because she is lacking experience of the real world and clueless to the hardships outside the home. Her stereotype of being a doll in a doll house constantly being watched by Torvald encourages her childlike behavior. Children can not be held responsible for the things they do, because they do not know better. Nora is a sheltered wife that lives a perfect carefree life according to society. She is childlike and like children she should not be held responsible for the problems that may arise. Krogstad took advantage of the love this desperate wife had for her ill husband by making a contract to secure his position at the bank. Nora was ignorant to the laws and responsibilities of entering into contract. Nora was not clear on the consequences of forgery, another situation in which she was the victim. Torvald knew that she was not educated in the legal fashion. Therefore, she should not be accountable for the intelligent people of society taking advantage of the ignorant people of society. She was the victim of Torvald's anger (1183-1184) and Krogstad's...

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