Skylar's Ninth Journal Entry
I believe several elements of tragedy can be identified in Nora's life, however, Nora is not a tragic heroine in the classical tradition. She is not destroyed by a fatal flaw in her own character, as did Oedipus and somewhat Othello. Nora begins to demonstrate tremendous courage and the story ends showing her strength and determination. Yes, she lived a tragic life of being controlled and treated like a "Doll" and finally comes out of her shell, but to me, that's not a tragic hero. To be a tragic hero is more than having just a fatal flaw. It can also refer to a characters error of judgement and Nora does have that. She had accepted her role in marriage with Torvald for many years. She had believed her husband loved her. She had almost lost her own identity. To Aristotle, a tragic hero is also someone who has a result of healing in the audience or character. Obviously, Nora gets a sense of healing after she then grows up and realizes the real world. Nora again shows her strength and leaves. Oedipus, it ended much more tragic. He had asked to be killed.