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A Dolls House

Throughout A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen illustrates through an intriguing story how a once infantile-like woman gains independence and a life of her own. Ibsen creates a naturalistic drama that demonstrates how on the outside Nora and Torvald seam to have it all, but in reality their life together is empty. Instead of meaningful discussions, Torvald uses degrading pet names and meaningless talk to relate to Nora. Continuing to treat Nora like a pampered yet unimportant pet, Torvald thoroughly demonstrates how men of his era treat women as insignificant items to be possessed and shown off. While the Helmer household may have the appearance of being sociably acceptable, the marriage of Torvald and Nora was falling apart because of the lack of identity, love, and communication.
Nora Helmer was a delicate character and she relied on Torvald for her identity. This dependence that she had kept her from having her own personality. Yet when it is discovered that Nora only plays the part of the good typical housewife who stays at home to please her husband, it is then understandable that she is living not for herself but to please others. From early childhood Nora has always held the opinions of either her father or Torvald, hoping to please them. This mentality makes her act infantile, showing that she has no ambitions of her own. Because she had been pampered all of her life,first by her father and now by Torvald, Nora would only have to make a cute animal sound to get what she wanted from Torvald, "If your little squirrel were to ask you for something very, very, prettily" (Ibsen 34) she said.
Through their everyday conversation, Nora and Torvald reveal that they have a relationship full of meaningless talk and games. "Is that my little squirrel bustling about?" (2), Torvald questions Nora. "Yes!" (2) She answers, running up to Torvald like a puppy. Because of her whimsical at

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