Why is A Doll's House considered timeless?

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This play is considered to be timeless because of its enduring messages regarding women's rights and women's roles in society. It is simply unfair and unjust to expect a woman to be like a "doll" to her father or her husband—to be submissive, to be unable to have a say...

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This play is considered to be timeless because of its enduring messages regarding women's rights and women's roles in society. It is simply unfair and unjust to expect a woman to be like a "doll" to her father or her husband—to be submissive, to be unable to have a say in familial or financial decisions, to relinquish her independence and personal autonomy, and to give way to her father's or husband's whims. It is true that Nora did something illegal by forging her father's name on the documents when she secured the loan from Krogstad all those years ago; however, it is also true that a woman should be able to take out a loan without the signature of a man to accompany her own. It is also true that, even if her actions were somewhat misguided, Nora took out the loan in order to save her husband's life, to fund a trip that would give him time to convalesce and be restored to full health.

When he learns about the loan, Torvald's treatment of Nora is cruel and unacceptable, and she responds in a very unconventional way. Despite Torvald's eventual "forgiveness" of Nora as a result of Krogstad forgiving the loan and backing away from his plan to blackmail the Helmers, Nora leaves him. She essentially abandons her husband and her children in order to strike out on her own and discover who she truly is and what she truly wants, apart from what society, or her husband, expects her to do. Her independence is absolutely shocking, given the cultural climate when the play was written, in 1879. Therefore, the play is considered to be timeless not only as a result of its depiction of women's roles in society but also for the level of empowerment and independence exhibited by its main character.

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