The interlude with Nora and her children in A Doll's House serves what purpose?

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When Nora's children come in from outside, she is eager to see them. She takes the baby from the nurse, Anne, calling him her "sweet little baby doll," and she asks the nurse to let her help the children take off their outerwear, begging, "please let me do it, it is such fun." She literally seems to think of her children as playthings or toys, dolls that she can dress and undress for fun.

These statements also go to show how relatively immature Nora is at this point: she has been infantilized by her father, then by her husband, and she talks like a child with her toys. She calls her little ones her "dolly children" and then she gets down under the table to play hide and seek with them. Her relationship to them seems more like that of a playmate than a parent.

This scene helps us to see just how childlike Nora truly is. Torvald calls her diminutive little nicknames—like squirrel and lark—and we can see the effect of always having been treated like a child. Nora's society will not let her take out a loan without the express permission of either her husband or father. Her husband has forbidden her to eat cookies. When we see Nora play with her children, we see just how immature she is and how very like a child she is in many ways.

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