Is Nora Helmer’s decision to leave her family justified? This paper looks at the character in the Ibsen play, A Doll’s House. (WebSite)
This essay analyzes the change in character of the protagonist, Nora Helmer, in Henrik Ibsen?s, A Doll’s House. An alphabetized works cited is included, with reference to a critical review of the play.
Everyone experiences change. One might move far away from the town in which they grew up, or a best friend’s death could disrupt a person’s comfortable lifestyle. Hardly any changes, however, are as dramatic as the transformation in character of Nora Helmer, the protagonist in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House. Nora’s transformation from doll-like puppet to real-life human being concludes with her decision to leave her family. By leaving, she becomes the evidence for Ibsen’s idea that women should be free to discover their own true identities.