Which character is most likely the doll in A Doll's House? which character is most likely the doll in the play A Doll's house? Nora or Helmer?

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I have to agree in that Nora would be "the doll" because, as a doll, she is expected to be sweet, cute, girly, and perfect. Unlike Helmer, she was actually given every element possible to allow this to happen: The house, the pet kids, the treatment (most of all), and...

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I have to agree in that Nora would be "the doll" because, as a doll, she is expected to be sweet, cute, girly, and perfect. Unlike Helmer, she was actually given every element possible to allow this to happen: The house, the pet kids, the treatment (most of all), and the illusion of it all being "alright."

Helmer was decidedly less fortunate than Nora, and if she were to play the role of a doll it would not be as credible nor effective as a stylistic choice given that none of the expectations placed on Nora were placed on Helmer.

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Either Noraor Helmer could be considered the "doll" in Ibsen's A Doll's House. They both, at one time or another, play the part of the stereotypical gender role which Ibsen rallies against. Nora plays such a role prior to the play itself and presents herself as an act of rebellion against her former behavior throughout the play. Helmer, however, maintains his stereotypical role throughout the play. The central purpose of the play is to explore these stereotypes and the natural bias and hypocrisy involved in such thinking.

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