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Unformatted text preview: Henrik Ibsen’s play “A Doll House” tells the story of Nora, a housewife who becomes so exasperated with her husband and the life she is living that she decides to leave. During the time in which the play took place society frowned upon women asserting themselves. Women were supposed to play a role in which they supported their husbands, took care of their children, and made sure everything was perfect around the house. Nora is portrayed as a doll throughout the play until she realizes the truth about the world she lives in, and cuts herself free. From the beginning of Act 1 to the end of Act 3 (the end of the play) the way in which Nora interacts with her husband Helmer changes dramatically. The question is whether or not her character truly changes or if she simply reaches the point at which she can take no more and finally expresses her real feelings. In Act 1 we are presented with Nora and Helmer conversing and in a very quaint manner. We are to assume that their entire marriage is exemplified in this conversation. Helmer refers to Nora as his “little lark”, “little squirrel”, “little spendthrift”, “little featherhead”, and “little skylark”. his “little lark”, “little squirrel”, “little spendthrift”, “little featherhead”, and “little skylark”....
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