At a glance:
- Author: Henrik Ibsen
- First Published: 1879
- Type of Work: Drama
- Type of Plot: Social realism
- Setting: Norway
- Characters: Torvald Helmer, Nora Helmer, Mrs. Linde, Krogstad, Dr. Rank
- Genres: Social realism, Drama, Problem play, Domestic tragedy
- Subjects: Nineteenth century, Marriage, Blackmail, Women, Dancing or dancers, Money, Women's rights, Banks, bankers, or banking, Heredity, Christmas, Norway or Norwegians, New Year, Shopping
- Locales: Europe, Norway
On the day before Christmas, Nora Helmer busies herself with last-minute shopping, for this is the first Christmas since her marriage that she does not have to economize. Her husband, Torvald, is made manager of a bank and after the New Year their money troubles are over. She buys a tree and plenty of toys for the children and even indulges herself in some macaroons, her favorite confection, although Torvald does not entirely approve. He loves his wife dearly, but he regards her very much as her own father did, as an amusing doll—a plaything.
It is true that...
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