Let's look into the first activities that Nora is conducting when the play opens. She is out shopping, getting a Christmas tree, eating macaroons behind her husband's back, playing with her children, and responding to her husband's terms of endearment, which include "little squirrel," and a "lark." He warmly scolds her for eating sweets, criticizes her spending habits, and basically demonstrates with his behavior that he is the proverbial "head of the woman," a paradigm that Victorians lived by.
But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.(1:Corinthians 11:3)
Judging by the way Nora responds to these dynamics, we can safely assume that she is content with her position; that she was groomed to be her husband's wife and her children's mother.
Towards the middle of the play, Nora's behavior does not change, but her mindset begins to show signs of self-doubt and doubts about her husband. She talks about a...
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