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Character analysis of nora in a dolls house

            Nora’s Change into the Woman She Never Was.
             Many times, grown-ups never mature into responsible and capable adults. These people are more often than not those who come from wealth and prosperity, who are never held accountable for their own money and actions. Such is the case of Nora Helmer, a character in the play “A Doll’s House,” originally written by Henrik Ibsen. “A Doll’s House” chronicles the story of a husband and wife who live in a flat. Throughout the story, the reader sees Nora, the wife of Torvald Helmer, change from a “girl” completely dependant on everyone around her, into a rebellious, self-aware “woman” who realizes she has been living in the shadow of her father and her husband her entire life. As the story progresses, Nora evolves from a sheltered housewife into a confident, independent woman.
             The first time Nora is introduced, she is humming, excited to show Torvald what she has bought for Christmas. Even though the play has just began, it is evident Nora has little responsibility. Much like a young girl would, she is quick to spend her money, knowing it’s going to come with consequences. After she shows Torvald what she has bought, he begins harping on her about being a “spendthrift out squandering money again (916).” Much like a father would to his daughter, Torvald explains to her that she must learn to save her money and spend it wisely. She insists that they can always borrow, and once again her husband scolds her, telling her “Nora, Nora! Just like a woman! Seriously though Nora, you know what I think about these things. No debts! Never Borrow! There’s always something unpleasant, about a home built on credit and borrowed money.” He attempts to teach her a life lesson, that in order to be happy you must live debt free, and just as a child would, Nora has a hard time understanding, but eventually agrees with him.