Explain and elaborate on the importance of masks and masquerading in A Doll's house.What is the significance of masking in Doll's House? How is Nora's change at the end foreshadowed? Why does...

Explain and elaborate on the importance of masks and masquerading in A Doll's house.

What is the significance of masking in Doll's House? How is Nora's change at the end foreshadowed? Why does Ibsen see Nora leaving her family not only a necessity but the right thing to do also

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The image or idea of masking is important in Henrik Ibsen's play "A Doll's House". The idea stems from the fact that Nora is living, basically, a double life.

Torvald treats Nora like one of their children. Nora finds it necessary to hide certain things from her husband. Not only does she hide trivial things, such as her candies, she hides things which will either help or harm her family.

Nora has taken out a loan to pay for bills that Torvald could not. It is her fear that the piling up of bills will break down the comfort she finds in her family. Therefore, Nora exists as two people: one, the child-like wife of Torvald and two, as the woman who takes control of her families finances even though it was unheard of during the time.

The mask represents an image of Nora which she wishes for her husband to keep. It is of the utmost importance that Nora keeps the loan a secret from Torvald so that he does not look at her differently. Above all else, Nora wishes to maintain Torvald's care-taking of her.

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