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“A Doll House” by Henrik Ibsen, is a play about a wife, Nora Helmer, who is hiding a big secret from her overprotective husband and at last realizes that she might worth more than she has been given credit. Nora Helmer and her husband, Torvald Helmer have been married for eight years, yet she is hiding something from Torvald that she thinks it would ruin everything if he found out. The play is combined with three acts; it opens up with Nora coming home with a Christmas tree, and making preparations for Christmas on Christmas eve The first line of the stage directions gives an impression that the Helmers are happy, “a comfortable room, tastefully but not expensively furnished” (798). Nora is first projected as a wife who loves her husband’s money. However, as we go further to the conversation between Nora and Kristine Linde, her friend that she hasn't seen for ten years, it reveals that there is a reason behind her need of money. Later on, Krogstad blackmails her for her forgery. Nora expects that her husband would save her somehow but it does not turn out to be true. By that time, she realizes that Torvald is not the man she thought he was, thus she made an extraordinary decision. Under a series of extreme circumstances and her interactions with other characters, Nora’s character goes through a dramatic change throughout the play, she transforms from a playful housewife to a serious lady.
In the beginning of the play, she seems happy and pleased with the society that her husband, Torvald Helmer, has created for her inside the house. For instance, she obeys her Torvald’s rules, like not eating macaroons. And from how Torvald and Nora interact with each other, such as Torvald calling Nora lark and squirrel, we can feel that they are in a good relationship. We can also see that Nora is a spendthrift and blows money on useless things in her husband’s eyes as he said “You’re never at a loss of scaring up money; but the moment you have it, it runs right out through your fingers; you never know what you’ve done with it” (801). However, it gives a sense that her husband likes to throw money at her. The scene is portrayed in a happy atmosphere, where husband and wife are in love, and husband is promoted as the bank manager.
Nora’s transformation can be seen from act to act. In Act I, almost all characters are introduced, the most significant is the entering of Kristine, who is also known as Mrs. Linde, she is an old friend of Nora and now a widow. She married a man for his fortune that could help her family. Now the man died and left her nothing, and she hopes to look for a job. Through the conversation between Kristine and Nora, Nora was first judged as naïve and inexperienced, which she defenses that she had saved her husband’s life by borrowing money to travel to Italy. Moreover, Dr. Rank, a long time friend of both Torvald and Nora, was introduced. The conversation among the three of them, from where Dr. Rank said, “Well, then it isn’t advisable....

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