What does Torvald's fascination with beauty and appearance imply about his personality? Do his attitudes change at all over the course of the play?

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It not only implies that he is shallow, it implies that he is capricious in his emotions. By referring to Nora as his "lark", but paying such close attention to her appearance, her clothing, her eating habits, readers are left with the impression that should she at once become fat, poorly dressed, or unattractive in any way, Torvald would lose interest in her. Nora reinforces this impression through her covert actions and her need to meet his expectations. This attitude, this "capriciousness", does not change at all at the end of the play. He relies on popular opinion. He relies on appearance. When he is in fear of his families'...

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