A Doll House - Nora's Ethics

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page 1 A Doll House – Nora’s Ethical Dilemma In Henrik Ibsen’s play “A Doll House”, the character Nora is in the process of transitioning from the perfect Victorian woman to the New Woman. Ibsen employs an array of deceptions by Nora in the play. The deceptions consist of Nora’s lies about the macaroons, her child-like personality, forging her father’s signature on Krogstad’s loan note, deceiving her husband on how she obtained the money for the trip, and above all else, her deception of herself. Through the realization of these deceptions, the New Woman begins her development. At the onset of the play, Nora displays that she is capable of lying. While Christmas shopping, Nora secretly purchases and eats a few macaroons, and she then lies to her husband, Torvald, when he asks her about it. Torvald has forbidden Nora from eating the macaroons because he is afraid they will ruin her teeth. By going against Torvald’s wishes and lying to him about it, Nora is exhibiting her first act of rebellion. Nora is justified in this small rebellion because she is a grown woman and is able to decide what she would like to eat. Throughout the play, Nora displays many child-like qualities, especially when she interacts
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course ENG 102 taught by Professor Love during the Spring '08 term at Lander.

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