In A Dolls House, the main character Nora, is potraide across to the reader through her verbal and physical actions. She is also described through other characters views and discussions about her. She is represented as a manipulative, selfish and spoilt woman that in the end works it out for herself and leaves. Nora has some certain smartness about her to get what she wants, her ability to manipulate her husband without it looking obvious.
Shown on (P. 167), Nora is influencing her husband without him knowing it, she is able to get him to think his the reason for why Mrs. Linde came to visit to please me? quote HELMER, and that he is an able man. She made it up on the spot. Her selfishness, Oh how thoughtless of me! Here I am. Quote NORA but then she goes on talking again. Nora is a woman that likes money and with such reference to the word several times on every second page in Act One, it shows the great deal of importance to which their lives are based around. But it costs a terrible lot of money, its very lucky to have money(P. 156). For one, this book is based around Noras secret of the loan she got from the bank and how she forged the signatures.
Nora can be described as the doll in the house, a child almost, throughout the play this is shown, like when she was asking about her childrens adventures outside. [At last, NORA hides under the table. The CHILDREN come running in to look for her](P. 169). She takes their cotes off and likes to do all the fun things, as a child would do. Like playing with a doll. She lives in a house, described on the first page of the play (P. 147), that sounds exactly like a beautiful setting of a room in dolls house, suggesting that Nora lives in one and therefore is a Doll.
A dolls house doesnt exist without the interaction between the young child playing with one doll and playing with another. This is like Noras character, she always has to have people coming into her life to keep her alive or doing something, otherwise the game is over, it is not fun anymore. In the end Nora gains self knowledge, As I am now, Im no good to them (P. 231), saying that the woman that she now is no longer needed. This change, increase in self knowledge, led to her evolving as a character going from being a husbands wife living at home to being a woman in control of herself.