Richard: Nora the Heroine
I find Nora to have the characteristics of noble person or heroine, but I do not see this story as a tragedy. The conflict of the story comes from Nora's desire to care for a loved one, her husband. He was ill and she forged her father's signature in order to acquire money to move him south so his health could improve. If the story ended with her demise or a substantial loss to her caused by this it could have been tragic. However, it does not. In fact, ensuing events cause her to realize she is but a doll to her husband and has been her whole life in regards to others. The ending of the story is positive. This epiphany causes Nora to grow as a person and strike out on her own, to find what she can make of herself. Nora is a noble character in pursuing at first to help a loved one and then in responding to the epiphany of her poor circumstance by trying to better herself. This to me is not tragic. This story had a positive ending for Nora.