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Act One

Nora is with Torvald because she is dependent on his money supply and is comfortable in her position. “Now that you’re going to earn a big salary, you’ll have lots and lots of money.”(pg. 148)

Torvald refuses to let Nora eat macaroons but she eats them anyways just to defy him. “Macaroons? Now, now! I thought they were forbidden here!” “Torvald had forbidden them.”(pg. 166)

Even though Torvald believes his wife is irresponsible with money, he gives her some anyways just to see her happy reaction. He has fun toying with her emotions and being in power.

Torvald calls Nora by childish names such as “my little skylark” and “my squirrel,” which show how he treats her like his child instead of his wife.

When talking to Mrs. Linde about her dead husband, Nora asks once more if he left her “nothing at all?” Mrs. Linde says that he did not leave her even “any regrets to break my heart over,”(pg. 154) showing that Nora still believes she’s dependent on Torvald and doesn’t understand the freedom Mrs. Linde gained from her husband’s death.

Nora explains to Mrs. Linde that she got money to somehow pay for their trip down to Italy to save Torvald’s life and how she continually has to sneak around her husband to pay off that debt showing how she is able to support her family on her own.

Nora brags to Krogstad that she is very influential when it comes to her husband and that it was her who is getting Mrs. Linde a job at his work but hen changes her tune when Krogstad asks for her “influence on his behalf.”(pg. 171)


Act 2
  • Nora thinks about leaving her children in order to give them a better life and not be ashamed about what she did. "I can't be with them like I used to."(182)
  • She is still very dependent on her husband. ex. she tells Mrs. Linde that Trovald wants her to dance the tarantella at the party. "Yes, Trovald sayd I ought to."(183)
  • She begins to accept responsibilty fro her actions and decides that she must clear everything with Trovald.
  • She still seems afraid of disobeying Trovald and feels that she must give in to everything that he says. He treats her like something that is his property, "Nice? To do what your husband says?"(186)
  • She questions why Trovald would feel so ashamed if people thought that she had some influence in his decisions.
  • She shows independence when she refuses to ask Dr. Rank for help after he had confessed his feeling towards her, even though she was aware that it could ruin her.
  • She feels lonley when she is with people that she loves because Trovald and her father only seemed to be able to lecture her and control her life. "I always found it terribly amusing to slip into the servants' hall because they always talked about such interesting things, and they never lecture me."(196)
  • She shows a change when she satnds up for herself when Krogstad threatens to tell Trovald everything. "Yes I have the courage now."(199)
  • She suffers alone because she does not have anyone to talk to, she feels reluctant to tell Mrs. Linde for help and in the end she is still thinking about running away. " . . the tarantella will be over. Twenty-four and seven . . . thirty-one hours to live."(206)