Put in order which identities of Nora are most important/influencial in Nora's decision to leave her husband. Explain.1) Woman/citizen of norway2) Wife3) Mother

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Well first, we have to sever the first category. Nora's identity as a woman is powerfully important; her identity as a citizen plays almost no active role in the play, except for the fact that she has more strict legal limits on her action than a man would. That said, here are the most important roles, in order:1) Woman2) Mother3) Wife4) Citizen Nora has to know what it means to be herself, and her adult self, not a little girl, as she tells Helmer in the final pages of the play. This core identity comes before the others, and would make the other identities possible.

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I think the most important "identity" that contributed to Nora's leaving was #2, "Wife."  Nora was under-appreciated and devalued by her husband.  She was treated as a trinket, a triviality, a mere ornament, really.  Her opinions weren't asked for or welcomed and she felt oppressed and smothered as well as empty and alone, in many ways.  I would put #1 next and #3 last.  Yes, she was a woman, and a very strong one at that...one that was waiting to find her true self.  She needed to grow, to branch out, to spread her wings.  She had lost that sense of herself because of her roles of "mother" and "wife." 

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I think the most important "identity" that contributed to Nora's leaving was #2, "Wife."  Nora was under-appreciated and devalued by her husband.  She was treated as a trinket, a triviality, a mere ornament, really.  Her opinions weren't asked for or welcomed and she felt oppressed and smothered as well as empty and alone, in many ways.  I would put #1 next and #3 last.  Yes, she was a woman, and a very strong one at that...one that was waiting to find her true self.  She needed to grow, to branch out, to spread her wings.  She had lost that sense of herself because of her roles of "mother" and "wife." 

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