In A Doll's House, what is Nora's attitude toward the world outside her home? How might the facts of her life explain this attitude?

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Tamara K. H. eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, Nora is very ignorant of the world outside her home.  We see this in the beginning of the play when she asks her husband to take out a loan for Christmas and he refuses, saying what if something was to happen to him.  Her very ignorant reply is that if something were to happen to him she wouldn’t give any thought to who she owed money to.  We also see her ignorance when Krogstad has his conversation with her, trying to blackmail her into influencing her husband to keep Krogstad’s position at the bank.  Krogstad has to explain to her that she committed fraud when she forged her father’s signature on the loan she borrowed from Krogstad and that committing fraud will serve much more than just creating a “disagreeable situation at home,” as Nora argues; instead, it will destroy her family’s reputation as it had Krogstad’s.

 

Towards the end of the play, when Nora is getting ready to leave her husband, she confesses her own ignorance of the world arguing that it was because she was merely transferred from her father’s care to husband’s care without being given any chance to explore the world and get to know the world and herself.  Nora argues that it is because of this transfer that she is ignorant of the world.  She also argues that is ignorant because she was raised to merely adapt her father’s opinions as her own, rather than exploring things further on her own, and also to adapt her husband’s opinions.

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