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A Doll's House - Short Sample Answers

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Compare Torvald’s and Nora’s attitudes toward money. 4

Why does Torvald constantly reprimand Nora for her wastefulness and foolishness while simultaneously supporting her behaviour? What insight does this contradiction give us into Torvald and Nora’s relationship? 5

Compare and contrast Mrs. Linde and Nora at the end of the play. 6

Dramatic Structure of A Doll's House 7

Compare Torvald’s and Nora’s attitudes toward money.

Torvald and Nora’s first conversation establishes Torvald as the member of the household who makes and controls the money and Nora as the one who spends it. Torvald repeatedly teases Nora about her spending, and at one point Mrs. Linde points out that Nora was a big spender in her younger days. These initial comments paint Nora as a shallow woman who is overly concerned with -material delights. Yet Nora’s generous tip to the porter in the play’s opening scene shows that she is not a selfish woman. More important, once the secret of Nora’s loan is made known to the audience, we see that Nora’s interest in money stems more from her concern for her family’s welfare than from petty desires. We realize that the excitement she has expressed over Torvald’s new, well-paying job results from the fact that more spending money means she can finally pay off her debt to Krogstad.

While Torvald seems less enthralled by money because he doesn’t talk about it except to chastise Nora for her spending, he is obsessed with having a beautiful home, including a...

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