A Doll's House - Nora

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A Doll's House - Nora

Family InformationNora lives with her husband Helmer and her children. As far as living a stable life with her family, she doesn't take care of her children and Helmer treats her like a doll. She may have a family, but she lives with a "fake" family because none of it involves true love.

Class and Social Status!With this story taking place in the 1800s, Nora's social status as a woman, is that she is very limited to what she can do. She is supposed to stay at home taking care of her kids, cooking, and cleaning the house. She has a fairly high social status though becuase her and Helmer are wealthy. At one point though, Nora had to seek out for money in order to keep her husband alive. Also, even though they may have a maid and a nurse that take care of the children, they are short of money.

Nora

All About NoraNora is Helmer's wife. Helmer treats her as if she were a little girl. Nora doesn't get to really "live" because she is so babied by her husband. Nora is known as a "spendthrift" and isn't aware of what she spends. She may sound like a selfish and arrogant character, but throughout the book, her character reveals that she is a woman trapped inside her husband's commands. Nora wants to be independent and knows what she wants in life, but it makes it harder because Helmer is keeping her within boundaries. Nora goes out of her way to save her husband's life, so it shows that she cares about others. She is a strong woman that can easily live in the real world, but Helmer is keeping her inside this doll house and treating her like a child. She finally stands up for what she wants and courageously says that she wants to be independent. Nora is a character who knows what she wants and ends up doing what's best for herself by leaving Helmer.

A Doll's House

Background of the BookA Doll's House is the story of Nora and her husband, Torvald Helmer, who are living in a "fantasy world." Helmer treats Nora as if she is a little girl and controls everything she does. All she does is stay at home with her children, cook, and clean the house. Helmer is the patriarch of the house and controls everything that goes on. Out of love, Nora forges a signature behind Helmer's back to gain money in order to save his life, but she lives in fear that he will one day find out. It may seem that they truly love each other, but in reality, they've all been living in a doll's house because Nora is being played by her husband to live in a perfect world. It's also known as a doll's house because this "true love" is fake and they may think it's real, but in reality, it's not. Helmer tells her that they really do love each other but Nora thinks the past eight years of marriage have been anything but love. She decides to leave for good which upsets Helmer. This makes Nora happy because she can finally be independent.

In Nora's Words"I must try and educate myself-you are not the man to help me in that. I must do that for myself. And that is why I am going to leave you now" (Ibsen 77).

Thoughts From Nora"But our home has been nothing but a playroom. I have been your doll-wife, as at home I was papa's doll-child; and here the children have been my dolls. I thought it great fun when you played with me, just as they thought it great fun when I played with them. This is what our marriage has been, Torvald" (Ibsen 76).

Significance of the Macaroons?Nora loves sweets, especially macaroons. Macaroons are significant in the book because it is a small detail that shows how Helmer is so controlling because he tells her not to eat macaroons because they're not good for her. Nora doesn't like hearing this because it makes her feel like a baby while she knows what to do for herself.


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