In A Doll's House, what is the "miracle of miracles" Nora mentions?

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In Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, the "miracle of miracles" Nora refers to is the hope that her husband, Torvald, would come to love and appreciate her as an equal. She yearns for him to understand her past actions and to exhibit an unselfish love comparable to her own. Nora anticipates that this understanding would transform their superficial relationship into a real marriage. However, when Torvald fails to meet these expectations, Nora leaves him, concluding that their reunion would require an unbelievable miracle.

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The "miracle of miracles" is that Torvald Helmer would love his wife Nora as an equal—that is, he must recognize her as a person, not as a "doll wife."

Near the end of Act III of A Doll's House, the "wonderful thing" for which Nora hopes is that her husband will demonstrate an unselfish love for her after he understands her past actions. Such a love would be comparable to the love she has for him, and their living together "would become a true marriage." She hopes that when Torvald reads Krogstad's letter, a wonderful thing will happen: her husband will tell Krogstad, "Publish the thing to the whole world," and he will sacrifice his honor because he understands that Nora procured the loan to enable him to get well in a warmer climate. But this does not occur. Only when he receives the second letter from Krogstad, which promises that no action will be taken, does Torvald forgive her.

NORA: As soon as your fear was over--and it was not fear for what threatened me but for what might happen to you--when the whole thing was past, as far as you were concerned, it was exactly as if nothing at all had happened. Exactly as before, I was your little skylark, your doll....

Since nothing in their relationship has changed, Nora tells her husband that she is leaving, and she returns her wedding ring to him. When Torvald asks her if he cannot be more than a stranger to her, Nora replies,

NORA Ah, Torvald, the most wonderful thing of all would have to happen.... Both you and I would have to be so changed.... That our life together would be a real wedlock. Good-bye.

Nora has no chance for individuality in her marriage, so she parts from her husband and her children in order to discover herself and no longer be a "doll."

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At the conclusion of the play, Nora speaks to Torvald of "the wonderful thing" that she had waited for patiently for eight years during their marriage. When her secret came out about the illegal loan she had taken from the bank, Nora explains, she thought "the wonderful thing" might happen then, but it had not:

It was to-night, when the wonderful thing did not happen; then I saw you were not the man I had thought you were.

As her conversation with Torvald continues, Nora tells him what "the wonderful thing" would have been:

. . . I was so absolutely certain [sic] you would come forward and take everything upon yourself, and say: I am the guilty one.

What Nora had longed for was proof that her husband loved her for the person she was, even more than he loved himself, instead of relating to her as a "doll-wife" and source of amusement. After eight years of living in a superficial marriage, Nora needed truth and validation. When "the wonderful thing" did not occur, Nora saw Torvald for the totally self-centered man he really was, concerned only for himself. At that point, Nora stops waiting for anything wonderful to come of her marriage; she leaves her husband. She says it would take the "miracle of all miracles" to bring them together again, and she no longer believes in miracles.

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In Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll's House, what miracle, or wonderful thing does Nora expect to happen toward the end of the play?  

This question is interesting as it suggests that Nora's "wonderful thing" can be understood as a "miracle," which is actually a revealing lens through which we can analyze Nora's desire to be seen, understood and appreciated as a person in her own right.

On one level, Nora's "wonderful thing" describes her hope for a husband who loves her and appreciates her for who she is and not only for her femininity and doll-like appeal. Unfortunately for Nora, this hope is doomed from the start, as evidenced by the title of the play, A Doll's House. Torvald does indeed treat Nora like an empty-headed plaything, and he does not see her for who she is.

When it becomes clear that Torvald does not see Nora in the way that she needs to be seen, she leaves Torvald. Perhaps her following through has actually delivered to Nora  her miracle of freedom and independence. By the end of the play, it doesn't matter that Torvald doesn't see her for who she is; Nora got her "wonderful thing" after all, as she now can see, understand and appreciate her own self for all the potential she has to offer.

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In Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll's House, what miracle, or wonderful thing does Nora expect to happen toward the end of the play?  

In Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll's House, in Act II, when Nora tells Mrs. Linde that a "wonderful thing is going to happen...a wonderful...but" also "terrible"thing"(Act II), she is referring to a two part miracle she is expecting to happen.

The first part of the miracle is that her husband will soon learn of the wonderful sacrifice Nora made for him, all on account of love.

The second part of the miracle relates to what Krogstad has taught Nora to expect as a consequence of her forgery. In the first act of the play, Ibsen draws an interesting parallel between Nora and Krogstad. Krogstad is viewed as a character with a poor reputation. As Krogstad states it, Nora "knows, like everybody else, that once, many years ago, I was guilty of an indiscretion" (Act I). Krogstad further explains that the indiscretion society has been punishing him for, through poor reputation, was exactly like Nora's act of forgery. He too, committed a fraud to try and save his wife's life. Krogstad warns Nora that if Krogstad were to inform her husband of Nora's fraud, Nora's fraud would ruin her husband's reputation. The second part of the miracle Nora expects is that she believes Torvald will gladly accept the fall of his reputation, because he understands that Nora committed the fraud out of love for him.

However, Nora also expects that she will be able to prevent the demise of her husband's character and protect him from the weight of the law. The terrible thing she is also expecting is that she will leave her husband and children and even commit suicide to prevent society from learning about her fraud, thus protecting her husband and children. Nora's plans become evident during her conversation with Krogstad in the second act. Krogstad asks Nora if she had it in "mind to run away from your home...or even something worse" and goes on further to describe her as being found in the river "all horrible and unrecognisable, with your hair fallen out" (Act II). Hence, the miracle Nora expects is two fold and ends in something horrible.

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In A Doll's House, what did Helmer mean when he said "miracle of miracles" at the end of the play?

Helmer's last words, which we are told are said when "a hope strikes him" in the stage directions, are shown to refer back to what Nora says just a few lines earlier:

HELMER: Nora--can I ever be anything but a stranger to you?

NORA: (picks up her bag) Oh, Torvald! Then the miracle of miracles would have to happen.

As Nora says, she and Helmer would have to change so much, and anyway, she doesn't believe in miracles any longer. Thus, the play rather cruelly ends with Helmer repeating this phrase with hope, when his words are cut short dramatically with the final sound of the play: the street door slamming shut and Nora leaving his life, asserting her own independence and determined to fashion her own identity. Helmer is left confronting the impossibility of changing himself to save his marriage, and the reality of how he has treated Nora during their marriage.

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