Journal 9

In my view, Nora does have some traits of being a tragic heroine. Her fortune turns from “good” to “bad” and she defiantly experiences catharsis. Despite these traits however, she is not a tragic heroine. Her fortune switching from “good” to “bad” is to blame for this. She starts with a fortune that is financially stable and filled with family, but this is in fact bad for her, as she has, “been your (Helmer’s) doll-wife”, meaning she has had no real purpose in life or honor as she has been fully dependent on others her whole life. From this point she leaves her husband and family (a “bad” outcome) to, “stand alone, if I’m ever going to discover myself and the world out there.” so even though she loses things in the traditional since, she gains a world a perspective, value, and honor, which emotionally cleanses her. This is in relation to Oedipus, who is not quite a tragic hero, not because of his circumstance or fortune (as Nora is), but because of his lack catharsis or conclusion. For “Doll’s House” there is a definite sense of emotional realization, but the circumstance goes from bad to good because Nora is not “noble” enough for the audience to have pity on her when she leaves, in fact it is a relief.


I really like how you point out that she was able to get away from her fate unlike Othello and Oedipus becasue it seems but they had no choice but the outcome that happened.

Reply to Rachel

Even though she did leave her husband and child (who was mostly taken care of by the nanny anyways), she did gain a sense of self realization which was a great "awareness" as you put it. I agree that she does not fit the quality of the noble character, however do you think she was more noble than Oedipus and Othello? Oedipus simply went crazy at the realization that he was the cause of the plague, and Othello killed his wife in a sense of honor. Do you think that the fact she was a women in this time period causes the audience to not see her as a noble character?

response to comment

Thanks for the comment. I believe the way Nora reacted was probably the most responsible and noble way to help this situation. Instead of using others to solve her problem, using someone else (as Othello did), or blaming herself (as Oedipus did) she tries to rectify the situation by becoming a better person. This view of personal growth being able to solve larger issues was probably eroded when presented to the views on women of that time period. She made a hard choice in a hard situation, but it is probably the best one for all involved. The fact that duty and social pressures can cloud these decisions is one all the characters had to deal with. Othello decided an honor killing was the best decision (not the greatest choice however), and Oedipus decided to cripple himself in a time of need for his country (effects others negatively). They didn't grow as Nora did and therefor suffered for it.

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