Each individual reader or viewer will have to decide for themselves whether or not the ending ofA Doll's House is satisfying, but one could argue that it is satisfying because Nora's famous closing of the door represents a firm statement of intent on her part.
Such a statement...
Each individual reader or viewer will have to decide for themselves whether or not the ending of A Doll's House is satisfying, but one could argue that it is satisfying because Nora's famous closing of the door represents a firm statement of intent on her part.
Such a statement of intent by a woman—and a respectable middle-class woman at that—made A Doll's House incredibly controversial when it was first staged. At that time, women were expected to be demure and to do as their husbands commanded them. The very idea of a woman walking out on her family as Nora does at the end of the play was simply unthinkable to most people.
Putting aside Ibsen's challenge to prevailing social conventions for a minute, we can see that, from a dramatic standpoint at least, the ending of the play is thoroughly satisfying in that it is the natural culmination of everything that has gone before. Throughout A Doll's House, Nora has been getting progressively more independent, more self-aware, and so it's hardly surprising—though still, it must be confessed, a tad shocking—to see her walk out on her family.
More than anything else, Nora has been thoroughly disillusioned by her marriage, and this disillusionment is perfectly captured by her response to Torvald's question as to whether he can be anything but a stranger to her:
NORA: Ah, Torvald, the most wonderful thing of all would have to happen.
TORVALD: Tell me what that would be!
NORA: Both you and I would have to be so changed that—. Oh, Torvald, I don't believe any longer in wonderful things happening.
After observing what Nora goes through during the course of the play, neither do we, at least in relation to Nora and Torvald's marriage. And so Nora's firm closing of the door, with which A Doll's House famously ends, is a fitting and thoroughly satisfying conclusion to this powerful drama.