Character Analysis of Nora Helmer
The central and most significant character in Henrik Ibsen’s
A Doll’s House, is Nora Helmer. This plays theme mainly focuses on Nora’s feelings and actions. Through particular events that occur in the play, Nora becomes confused about the purpose of her role in life. As the play progresses, her character goes through a revelation, in which she discovers what life means to her. In Nora’s character analysis, I will describe her environment, and the affects of it on her character, self-image, and relationship with the other characters. I will also include her objectives and the obstacles she endures to achieve them.
Nora’s environment throughout the play can be compared to a
“doll’s house”. A doll is make-believe; her life is like a fantasy one can only imagine to live in. The portrayal of Nora’s life, as seen by others is similar to a doll, perfect and flawless. Yet Nora’s life is confined to her little dollhouse. Her role as a woman, wife and mother shelter her from the boundless outside world. Because of her restricted environment, later her relationship with her husband changes also affecting her relationship with her children.
When Nora’s old frien
She shows that she is determined, she has the strength and will to do it, in order to keep her family together. This is a turning point for Nora"tms self-image. If her husband ever found out the terrible acts of forgery and lying she has committed, she knows her husband will condemn her. Linde has suffered immensely, Nora feels that she too has endured hardships and has her own reasons to be proud. After Torvald expresses to her how terrible he feels that acts of forgery and deceit are, Nora is extremely frightened. Linde came to visit, the two catch up on each other"tms lives. Nora is trying to discover who she is, what her purpose in life is, and what her goals are. Either way, Nora was confident that she would leave their eight-year marriage. With no other choice, Nora abandons her old life, in search of a new one. This action expresses her love and devotion to Torvald. She tries even harder to do anything possible to keep her secrets hidden.