In A Doll's House how does the play reflect the human condition in the "wonderful" miracle Nora thought would happen?  

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Nora Helmer's final monologue in the play A Doll's House reflects the human condition through which Nora has endured her life as a woman, as a wife, and as a mother in a male-dominated society.

In Nora we see humanity perfectly reflected: she is first and foremost a woman. As such, Nora feels the responsibility that falls on her shoulders to care and nurture her family; to be her husband's exemplary wife, as well as her children's best friend. Here comes her tragically-human flaw: Nora's flawed upbringing led her to believe that the way to do her job of nurturer and lover is by pretending to be someone that would please everyone, and not by being herself.

As a result, Nora incessantly seeks the attention that she feels she would receive by doing exactly as would please all others. In return, however, all she gets is to be treated like a plaything; like the plaything that she is acting out to be.

When it is time for Nora to test her worth as a woman, she does this by forging her...

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