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What kind of lies does Nora tell in A Doll's House? Do her lies indicate that she is not to be trusted, or are they signs of something else about her personality?

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Nora's lies are engineered to protect the central deception she's created in borrowing money from Krogstad under false pretences. The irony of this is that it was done solely to obtain medical treatment for her husband. He's the principal one she needs to continue deceiving—and we can see why this is so when he goes into a rage at Nora upon learning of Krogstad's blackmail attempt.

All of this is symptomatic of the weak and dependent position of women in nineteenth-century society. Every effort Nora makes to continue hiding her past actions backfires upon her. She is forced to try persuading Torvald to promote Krogstad at the bank, although she knows Krogstad is the most untrustworthy person imaginable for this or any job.

When she suggests he is being "petty" in objecting to Krogstad's behavior, Torvald blows up, saying that "you must think I am petty." Yet even in this situation Nora's "lies" are ones of omission, not commission. The only real falsehood was the forging of her father's...

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Because she thinks that it is going to help her husband, she does not know that her dark secrets are going to ruin her family, and could make her marriage to finish, also because is the only way she can feel her self, adn she did not wanta to dissapoint her husband (Torvald).