What influenced Nora's self-identity in A Doll's House?

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Certainly the treatment Nora receives from her husband, as well as her father while he was alive, influences her identity. Her husband refers to her as his "lark" and his "squirrel," diminutive pet-names that make Nora out to be something small and cute. Torvald seems to see her as a pet, or a child, rather than as his equal or partner. He even forbids her from eating sweets so they don't rot her teeth, a very parental sort of injunction. He treats her like a parent would a child, and she acts very much like a child, horsing around on the floor with the kids, coyly asking him for money for Christmas, and generally acting in an immature way (like eating cookies and hiding the evidence).

Later, after the revelation that Torvald cares more about his honor that he does her love,...

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