A Doll House - Schumer 1 Jack Schumer Mr Stary English 101 12 November 2019 The Perception of Nora in A Doll House The protagonist Nora Helmer in A Doll

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Schumer 1 Jack Schumer Mr. Stary English 101 12 November 2019 The Perception of Nora in A Doll House The protagonist, Nora Helmer, in A Doll House , by Henrik Ibsen, is diversely perceived by a group of characters throughout the play. These perceptions range from being good to bad. The three main characters with diverse perceptions of Nora are Torvald Helmer, Mrs. Linde, and Nora herself. Throughout the entire play, Torvald perceives Nora simply as his “doll” so that she can be, as she says, “dancing and dressing up and reciting for him , ” (385), to look pretty and to play with or control her. There are a few examples of when Torvald both plays with Nora and when he controls her. Shown early and used throughout most of the play, Torvald uses odd pet names to answer to Nora instead of using her actual name. For example, he says, “Now, now, the little lark’s wings mustn’t droop. Come on, don’t be a sulky squirrel , ” (381), and uses other animal names to refer to Nora. This is an example of controlling behavior due to the fact that Torvald is talking to Nora as if she was an innocent child instead of acting like she was equal to him by using more mature ways of communication. Torvald believes Nora is a foolish woman with little knowledge of how society works. However, he is attracted to this because Nora’s ignorance and
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