Describe Nora's transformation from a doll to a free human in 'A Doll's House'.

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Throughout the play, Nora lives her life for her husband. She is the epitome of a docile, pretty, and lighthearted wife. Nora's desires for her own life are not of importance as she dotes on her husband and performs her duties as a perfect wife. Nora represents the images of the dutiful 1950's housewife (however, the story is set in the century before then). However, when Nora finally does something that her husband disapproves of, she suddenly realizes how empty her life is and that she is simply living for her husband's satisfaction. Through this realization, Nora decides that she will live for herself. This decision is the exact opposite of a dutiful, obedient, and submissive housewife, and it is this decision to live for herself that transformed Nora from a doll-like character into an autonomous human being. When Nora walks off into the unknown, she is finally able to make her own choices and experience the fullness of a liberated life.

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In Ibsen's play, A Doll's House, Nora is a living doll throughout much of the drama. She is treated like an object by her husband, and her value comes from how pretty she is and how entertaining she can be. She feels like nothing more than a doll for her husband to command as he will. During the play, she is afraid her husband will find out her terrible secret that she borrowed money and forged her father's signature. She lives in fear that Krogstad will tell her husband.

When that moment finally does happen, her husband reacts in a harsh manner and she recognizes the emptiness of her marriage. Nora makes the decision that she will leave her husband--and her children--and in this decision, she finds freedom. She drops the pretense she had been carrying on--acting as if she wasn't clever and that she was carefree, only concerned for her husband's happiness--and transforms into a free human being. She chooses to follow her own path and make her own decisions for the first time in her life.

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