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A Doll's House and Other Plays by Henrik Ibsen
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Aug 06, 10

bookshelves: 12th-grade

This play starts out on Christmas Eve with the main character Nora Helmer and her husband Torvald. Nora is the average stereotypical housewife; she stays at home, takes care of the household and kids. Torvald works in a bank, and has recently been promoted so they do longer have to be stingy with money just to make ends meet. Soon, other characters are introduced. Ms. Linds is Nora's former school friend, and she had came to ask Nora for help getting a job. She is a friend that Nora can talk to and ask for advice. At this event, Nora's personality is revealed- she's very loud, bubbly, and talkative. Nora cannot keep a secret to herself for very long, and she likes to use a lot of money. It is later revealed that for the trip to Italy that had saved Torvald's life, Nora had borrowed a lot of money from Nils Krogstad, a bank clerk working at the same bank as Torvald. However, when Nils is about to get fired, he threatens Nora that if she doesnt get her husband to let him keep his job, he'll tell Torvald that the Nora had borrowed money from him illegally. Nora had lied to everyone that she had gotten the money from her father. Although Nora tries her best to keep Nils' job, it didnt work and soon everything is exposed. Torvarld yells and insults Nora for being a bad person and a bad mother. However, when he knew what the money was for, he tried to take back his previous insults but Nora wouldnt take it. The play ends with Nora declaring that they dont know each other well, even after so many years of marriage, and that she always felt like she is treated like a doll that is shown off a man's arm. She leaves the house declaring that she wants time to find her real self, not the stereotype that society sticks women into. I find that this book is a really good example of how women were treated in the past as a object that the husband carefully grooms and shows off to other people. I really like the ending when Nora decides she wants to break free of the mold and leaves the family to find her own self.

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Swiftsea Did you do I.B.?

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Joshlynn Ooookaay, and the one-star rating is there because...?

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