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What are some examples of foreshadowing in the play A Doll's House?

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It's sometimes difficult to determine the difference between an incident in a play that represents foreshadowing (as definitively reflecting later plot developments in the play) and an incident that simply represents a character trait or that character's development within the play.

Nora's purchase of macaroons in act 1 of Henrik Ibsen's A Dolls House is often cited as foreshadowing Nora's subsequent rebellion against what she comes to perceive as her husband Torvald's repression of her, and this act is seen to foreshadow Nora's ultimate decision to leave Torvald and their children.

Initially, this act seems to be merely representative of Nora's impulsive nature and her juvenile behavior—the lenses through which Torvald views her. Torvald calls Nora "Miss Sweet Tooth" and lightly chides her for "nibbling sweets." In chiding her, he specifically calls out her predilection for macaroons, indicating that her eating them is a regular occurrence.

Thus, Torvald's and Nora's exchange about the...

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