Kathryn Hall



Writing, Analysis, and Composition

Here is one of my past works written in AP English Literature and Composition.   Hall 1<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p> Katie Hall<o:p></o:p> Charbonnet<o:p></o:p> English 489-2<o:p></o:p> <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:date>12 December 2011</st1:date><o:p></o:p> Research Paper on Nora<o:p></o:p>             In Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House, Nora Helmer “live[s] by doing tricks” for both her father and her husband (Meyer 1630).  Nora is a victim of her upbringing, going from being controlled by her father to being managed by her husband.  Through Nora’s final breaking away from her family, Ibsen illustrates the idea that manipulation by others produces a destructive cycle that one can only escape by creating an entirely new beginning.<o:p></o:p>             Because Nora’s father “played with [her] the way [she] played with [her] dolls,” all she has ever known is the feeling of manipulation by the dominant man in her life (Meyer 1630).  As a doll, Nora has been made into her father’s disposable plaything.  In his view, she has no real value other than the ability to obey and please him.  As dolls have no mind of their own, Nora has been raised by her father to adopt his thoughts and feelings rather than developing a sense of independence.  By treating her as his puppet, Nora’s father conditioned her to constantly pine for his approval and walk on eggshells around him.  She even resorts to committing forgery because if she had “asked him for his signature, [she] also would have had to tell him what the money was for,” and according to Nora that was “just impossible” (Meyer 1601).  She clearly seeks to please her father at all costs, even though their relationship is based on his manipulation rather than his love for her.  “The inherited pollution of [her] father…inscribes Nora's behavior” by altering her perception of men and the way she allows them to treat her (Rosenfeldt).  Because her father’s treatment of Nora is selfish and controlling, she accepts the idea that she deserves to <o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Hall 2<o:p></o:p> be treated in this manner.  Her father’s egocentric behavior illustrates to Nora that this kind of authoritarian relationship is normal between men and women.  Nora’s idolization of her father sets her up for failure because it leads her to mirror this kind of puppet and puppeteer relationship with her husband.<o:p></o:p>             Torvald Helmer addresses his wife Nora with sickeningly syrupy pet names as he says, “Now, now, the little lark’s wings mustn’t droop.  Come on, don’t be a sulky squirrel” (Meyer 1587).  Just as Nora’s father viewed her as a lowly, weak daughter, Torvald views her as his “little lark” of wife who, like a carefree bird, has no important purpose in life but to please him.  When he calls her these names, he degrades her into feeling as though her only worth is found in being his personal “songbird” (Meyer 1628).  Torvald does not use these sappy nicknames to show affection, but rather to maneuver her into saving money, keeping up a happy façade, and living the utopian life that he has planned out for her.  Because of Torvald’s manipulation, “[Nora] has been made to believe that she was happy, that she was an ideal wife, and that her husband loves her” (Goonetilleke).  His seemingly affectionate names for her have her under the impression that they have a picture-perfect marriage and that every thing is going smoothly for the two of them.  Deep down, however, Nora eventually sees through Torvald’s management of her emotions and realizes that this seemingly ideal marriage is nothing but pretense; she knows their so-called happiness is built on a foundation of lies.  <o:p></o:p>              In the end of the play, Nora finally has a life changing epiphany and explains to Torvald, “I went from Papa’s hands into yours…It’s a great sin what you and Papa did to me.  You’re to blame that nothing’s become of me” (Meyer 1630).  She recognizes that her entire life has been nothing but a passing from one puppeteers grasp into another’s.  Not only does she realize that she has been horribly mistreated and used, but she also condemns Torvald and her father for controlling her life.  She blames them for her failure as a mother and a wife, and, most <o:p></o:p> Hall 3<o:p></o:p> importantly, for her inability to find her own identity as a person.  By finally confronting Torvald, “Nora recognizes the falsity of her position and leaves her husband and children, slamming the door on her life as the toy of Helmer, who is himself a toy of society” (Ed. Carl Rollyson 1715).  After coming to the realization that her world is simply an outward show, Nora is fed up and breaks the chain of unhealthy relationships, refusing to be a victim of her circumstances any longer.  In order to escape her life as a toy of the men in her life, Nora must remove herself from the influence of her husband, who is himself manipulated by what the world expects of him.<o:p></o:p>             Although Nora is finally able to break away from her life as a doll, she does so at the expense of her children.  Nora’s extreme action of leaving her children behind “is both triumphantly right and horribly wrong” (Forward).  She does what she believes is necessary to find herself and create a new beginning, but in the process abandons her motherly duties.  In the end, it seems that the manipulation that victimized Nora for years now afflicts her children as well.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> <o:p> </o:p> <o:p> </o:p> <o:p> </o:p> <o:p> </o:p> <o:p> </o:p> <o:p> </o:p> <o:p> </o:p> <o:p> </o:p> <o:p> </o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Hall 4<o:p></o:p> Works Cited<o:p></o:p> Ed. Carl Rollyson. <st1:place><st1:city>Pasadena</st1:city>, <st1:state>California</st1:state></st1:place>: <st1:city><st1:place>Salem</st1:place></st1:city> Press, 2003. 1714-1715. Print.<o:p></o:p> Forward, Stephanie. "A new world for women? Stephanie Forward considers Nora's dramatic     exit from Ibsen's A Doll's House." The English Review Apr. 2009: 24+. Literature         <st1:place><st1:placename>Resource</st1:placename> <st1:placetype>Center</st1:placetype></st1:place>. Web. <st1:date>12 Dec. 2011</st1:date>.<o:p></o:p> Goonetilleke, D.C.R.A. "A Doll's House: Overview." Reference Guide to World Literature. Ed.   Lesley Henderson. 2nd ed. <st1:state><st1:place>New York</st1:place></st1:state>: <st1:place>St.</st1:place> James Press, 1995. <st1:place><st1:placename>Literature</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Resource</st1:placename> <st1:placetype>Center</st1:placetype></st1:place>.       Web. <st1:date>12 Dec. 2011</st1:date>.<o:p></o:p> Meyer, Michael. The <st1:city><st1:place>Bedford</st1:place></st1:city> Introduction to Literature: <st1:city><st1:place>Reading</st1:place></st1:city>, Thinking, Writing. Seventh ed. <st1:city><st1:place>Boston</st1:place></st1:city>: Bedford/St. Martins, 2005. Print.<o:p></o:p> Rosefeldt, Paul. "Ibsen's 'A Doll's House.'(Henrik Ibsen)(Critical Essay)." The Explicator 61.2     (2003): 84+. <st1:place><st1:placename>Literature</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Resource</st1:placename> <st1:placetype>Center</st1:placetype></st1:place>. Web. <st1:date>11 Dec. 2011</st1:date>.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> <o:p> </o:p> <o:p> </o:p> <o:p> </o:p>

Writing, Analysis, and Composition


Aug 2012 - Present

The University of Alabama
Aug 2008 - May 2012

Collierville High School
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My goal as a freshman Food and Nutrition major at The University of Alabama is to earn a 3.5 or above GPA, and to graduate in four years with honors and a bachelor's degree. My long term goal is to obtain an internship at a hospital or pediatric clinic after graduation, to earn a registered dietitician license, and to work as a pediatric dietician.

Work History

Work History
Feb 2011 - Aug 2012

Customer Service/Cashier

Yogurt Nation

-Assisted customers.

-Worked with money and cash register.

-Maintained clean facilities and welcoming environment.

-Prepared fresh toppings and organized stock room.

May 2010 - Mar 2012

Office Assistant

Quality Medical Equipment

-Answered phones and assisted walk-in customers.

-Organized merchandise and maintained displays.

-Filed paperwork and verified insurance via telephone.

-Called patients and relayed information to boss.