Why does Nora resolutely leave home in A Doll's House?

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Nora's decision to finally leave home is one that is built up throughout the play. At the beginning of the play we see Nora as the very picture of an ideal housewife. She is obedient and demure in the face of her overbearing and controlling husband, Torvald. It seems to us that she is willing to sacrifice her personal freedom for the comfortable financial security that he provides. We do, however, see Nora committing small acts of defiance against her husband's wishes as a way of reclaiming minuscule amounts of her personal freedom. For example, she secretly partakes of her favorite treats, despite her husband's wishes.

Nora eventually makes her decision to leave when she realizes that her husband is not the "gallant" man that she thought he was. When Krogstad reveals to Torvald that Nora had forged a signature to borrow money to the end of restoring Torvald's health, Nora had been convinced that Torvald would commit to some resolution that would save her name, since she had sacrificed to...

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