Why did Ibsen change the ending of his play A Doll's House? What was the original ending?

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Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House remains a popular play, and even more than 100 years after Ibsen’s death, its topic still resonates with readers and play-goers alike. It questions the traditional roles of men and women, and so is not an unusual story; a woman feels overwhelmed by her familial responsibility, and her husband treats her like a possession to the point that she loses her individuality. She is constantly patronized by Torvald, but does almost encourage his use of diminutive terms such as “my little songbird” or “my lark” or “my squirrel.” Eventually she decides to leave, despite the fact that she has young children, feeling that “I have had great injustice done me, Torvald; first by father, and then by you.”

The character of Torvald is shocked by Nora ’s decision, and he wonders “you don't consider what the world will say!” So too were some critics appalled that a woman could even consider leaving her children behind. In the original ending, the...

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