A doll wife

She uses rhetorical question, as she needs reassurance, she is trying to justify her actions and persuade Mrs Linde to agree with her; “What do you think of my big secret”. The use of her having long speeches show she is boasting about her secret. She is more confident as she is given the opportunity to speak for a long time; this is very different from her speeches with Helmer, as he’s in control. Nora plays the role of a doll wife, what is expected of her, she associates a man with being in control; “almost like being a man”.

“If anyone should try and take the blame, and say it was all his fault”, here Nora holds a romantic view. She expects a miracle from Helmer. She assumes that her husband will act nobly to save her reputation and will take the blame on himself by falsely confessing in court that he had forged the signature. In this conversation with Mrs Linde Nora is melodramatic, a lot of exclamations are involved; “Oh yes, wait a moment-! ” this shows a sense of relief/excitement. Nora is that of a very Flirtatious, daring, and flamboyant character when she’s with Dr Rank.

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The fact that her husband isn’t there and Dr Rank could support everything she says or does. “I’ve the most extraordinary longing to say “bloody hell”. Nora breaks free from her language conventions, this shows childlike behaviour, this phrase shows Nora’s rebellious streak. She also shows this whilst eating the macaroons and hiding it from Torvald. When Nora is talking to Dr Rank she is very playful and flirty. There are a lot of paralinguistic features that show she is flirting; ‘puts both her hands on his shoulders’. She uses provocative language with underlying meanings; “Flesh-coloured.

Aren’t they beautiful? ” Nora is self obsessed, she treats the news of Dr Rank’s illness coldly, she doesn’t want to focus on negative things, she does this by putting her hands over her ears, and this is a childish gesture to literally block out bad news. At this stage of the play Nora knows nothing else apart from flirting, this being the only way for her to keep her conversation going. She also manipulates Dr Rank in act two, where she is flirting to Manoeuvre for a chance to ask him to pay off debt. She is able to act differently in front of Dr Rank and Mrs Linde, as they treat her as a friend.

They respect her and are not as patronising as Helmer. When we read about the first meeting with Krogstad, Nora acts very superior; “What right have you to question me? Mr Krogstad you one of my husbands subordinates”. This is due to the fact that he knows her secret and can expose her; there is a sharp focus on her words. Again, when Nora is talking to Krogstad she is courageous and feels like a hero; “Hasn’t a wife the right to save her husband’s life? ” she thinks that she’s done nothing wrong, having a romantic and naive view of life.

Nora is unsure of her words as she has a fast tempo. Nora can be restless, anxious and melodramatic. We see this when she is with Helmer at the end of act 1; “Corrupt my little children, poison my home, it isn’t true, it couldn’t be true”, she uses melodramatic language. She is avoiding her children as she thinks that moral corruption could be hereditary. In act two when Nora talks to Helmer about keeping Krogstad on at the bank she is very flirtatious and manipulative, “Squirrel would do lots of pretty tricks for you if you granted her wish”.

In Act three when Torvald finds out the truth and Nora sees his reaction she is shocked. This causes a dramatic change in Nora’s character. She is direct, open and honest; “yes, Torvald, I’ve changed”. She doesn’t belong to Torvald anymore; she’s changed out of her fancy dress costume which symbolises that she’s not playing the role expected of her anymore. It’s time for her to face reality. Nora is now in control of the conversation, she is cold, rational, serious and determined; “Our home has never been anything but a playroom.

I’ve been your doll-wife, just as I used to be papa’s doll- child”. Nora has realised that she wants to be treated as an individual. All her excepted ideas are now called into question. She uses a series of statements; she asks no questions as she no longer has any need for reassurance. Nora no longer uses her childlike expressions “pooh”. She is commanding, confidant and has no hesitation, “Sit down”. Her paralinguistic features are now different, she is no longer walking around but instead she has her bag and coat on ready to leave, this shows her determination. Nora has ‘grown up’.

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