Discuss Nora in A Doll's House as an iconoclast?

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sullymonster eNotes educator| Certified Educator

On the other hand, Nora does challenge tradition with everything she does.  She breaks the law by signing her father's name because she does not believe in the law.  She lies to her husband and does odd jobs right under his unsuspecting nose because she is convinced she is doing what is best for her family.  She wishes, in Act I, to say "damn" to her husband, a shocking and innappropriate thing for a proper Victorian wife to do.  She adheres, in short, to what Ibsen called "her own personal morality" as opposed to the morality of society.  While I agree that she does not "set out" to challenge tradition, she has subconscious iconoclastic traits.

sagetrieb eNotes educator| Certified Educator

An iconoclast seeks to overthrow traditions and institutions.  Nora does not seek to do this but rather finds she cannot remain married to Torvald and live an authentic life. When she closes the door on her marriage and begins something new, she will try, I believe, to “conform” to the conventions that govern that new life. She acts true to her heart and she acts with courage, but I would not describe her as iconoclastic.