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Describe Nora and Torvald's relationship in A Doll's House.

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Nora and Torvald's relationship is not really a fundamentally strong one because it is founded on appearances rather than trust and truth. Nora keeps up appearances and acts a bit like a child when she is with her husband, making him believe that she obeys him in all things when; in reality, she disobeys him in many ways, both large and small. We see her eating cookies when she is alone, and we only find out later that such treats are forbidden to her by her husband. She hides them from him, but he still asks her, "Hasn't Miss Sweet Tooth been breaking rules in town today?...Hasn't she paid a visit to the confectioner's?" She declares, resolutely, "I should not think of going against your wishes," and he responds with an absolute certainty that his word is law, and she has given hers.

However, she absolutely has been eating cookies and has gone against his wishes in even more significant ways: for example, she took out a loan years ago in order to pay for the trip abroad which saved...

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