In Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, what was Nora's power in her relationship with Torvald?

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Legally and officially, there's a profound imbalance of power within the Helmer household. Torvald is considered lord and master of his own domain and as such enjoys absolute control over his wife. Nora, for her part, occupies a position of complete subordination, subject to the will of her husband every bit as much as she has been to her father's.

In substance, however, Nora has a good deal more power than she, or anyone else, realizes. Her participation in a fraudulent act has given her experience of the dealings of the outside world, a world from which women are systematically excluded in the play. And that experience, in turn, has given her the capacity to take stock of her life, reevaluating the state of her marriage and her part within it. It takes quite some time for Nora to do this; initially, she regards the fraud as just something she has to do for the sake of her husband's well-being. But once the true nature of her marriage finally dawns on her, she's able to draw upon her...

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