Scandinavian Women’s Roles: Nora Helmer


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Scandinavian Women’s Roles:  Nora 
    A Doll’s House features a frustrated woman who, for all her life, was forced to obey the strict regulations of the society in which she lived. She was what today we call a “trophy wife.” But, many people 
 see Nora not as a budding 
, willing to sacrifice everything for her ability to feel from this doll’s house, even giving up her children. Rather, here is one view: ““A Doll's House, as I read it, is not primarily a blow for women's emancipation, a social comedy revealing the need for change in the patriarchal middle class.  It is, by contrast, a tragedy, and Nora has (for me) far more in common with, say, Oedipus or 
” (Johnston 2).
     Nora, like most women in this...
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.....ow, and thinks only about her body and external pleasures. Like a child she longs to be delighted… we could we would see a woman enraptured by trinkets and fine clothes, soft pillows and warm baths” (
. 1): a trait Nora does not share.
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