The Roles Of Women Essay Research Paper

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The Roles Of Women Essay, Research Paper Nora and Miss Julie were victims, and also products, of their societies. They share many similar psychological characteristics, but at the same time, they are complements of one another; when one went from black to white, the other turned from white to black. Both women swing between extremes. Both were happy or extremely depressed, poised or neurotic, determined or helpless, until the end of the plays. Both women verbally expressed these feelings in similar ways; broken sentences, unfinished thoughts, and sudden exclamations. In the beginning of the first act, Nora is speaking with Mrs. Linde upon her arrival. Nora consistently interjects to bring the conversation back to herself, with little outbursts of “oh!” and “no no!”

(Act 1), followed by a comment concerning her life. Usually seeming unaware of her self-centeredness, she sometimes catches herself. When she does, she stops in mid-sentence and points it out to Mrs. Linde, only to do it all over again. She’s excitable and in need of attention. Miss Julie behaves similarly when she is first introduced into the story, by expressing how much fun she is having dancing, drinking, and celebrating the “midsummer’s eve”. She cuts both Jean and Kristin’s speaking off, because she feels what she has to say is the most important. She talks down to them, yet her reactions to what the two have to say jump from extreme to extreme. She gets flared up, then coquettish, then sharp, then gentle, all in a matter of minutes, showing she really is

influenced by what they think. Nora came from a high society, raised in a protected, comfortable environment. She was sheltered by her father, and played the part of the obedient and loving woman in his life without her mother being there. She moved right on to playing the same part for her Torvald upon their marriage. She was the pet, and received her love this way. It was what she knew; the men were the dominating ones. She only knew how to use her femininity to perform tricks and get what she wanted from Torvald. She played his game, was his “doll”, and she was comfortable in it up until her epiphany. Nora’s power works in the opposite way of Miss Julie. Nora begins with very little power, not realizing the dance that she is doing for Torvald. Nora’s relationship with

her husband is based on a bargain she has made in her own mind. She will be a charming, obliging, self-sacrificing wife, and Torvald will love and protect her. Everything that Torvald does for her shows how valuable she is to him, and assures her that she will be taken care of. She does not mind being weak, as long as his strength is at her service. She controls him through her dependency. When he becomes director of the bank, she likes that she will not have to earn money secretly anymore. She is happy that there will be “no more trouble!” (Act 1). She does expect to be rewarded for her years of devotion though. Miss Julie also lived a life of money and status. Both women enjoyed their privileges and reveled in small treats, such as dancing and good food or drink. And

although she too used her femininity to get what she wanted, Miss Julie’s was a different purpose. She used it to control men, to have power over them. She played games with them, but she did it as their superior, while Nora did it as their inferior. Miss Julie was raised as a “half-woman”, doing the work of men and still being a woman, which led her to manipulate them in a dominant way. She was not as lady-like as Nora, and lived a freer life, having not yet married. Miss Julie strives to be ladylike and more refined at times, but resorted to her status and sensuality to get what she wanted. She struggled between wanting to be a lady, and wanting to go dance with the “yokels”. She feels powerful and enjoys her status, even if she occasionally feels sorry for those less