Discuss the theme of Appearance vs Reality in the play A Doll's House.  

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Nora is deceiving her husband, Torvald, in many ways both big and small. For example, she sneaks macaroons while he's in another room, despite the fact that he has forbidden her to eat them. When he asks her if she's been snacking on sweets, she lies right to his face, saying, "I shouldn't think of doing what you disapprove of." She appears to be the dutiful and obedient wife, but she is actually a little sneaky and much better at hiding things than her husband would ever believe. Not only does she hide her disobedient cookie-eating, but she actually took out a loan without his knowledge, forging her father's signature. She was motivated by love for her husband; she just wanted to save his life, but he would not consent to take a trip they could not afford. Her obedient and honest appearance hides a more manipulative and secretive (though not malicious) reality.

Dr. Rank also deceives Torvald; he acts as though the only reason he comes to their home is to continue his friendship with the...

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