A Doll's House Themes

A Doll's House key themes:

  • In A Doll's House, Nora Helmer realizes that she has little agency in her marriage and leaves her family in order to establish a separate identity.

  • While Nora and Torvald appear to be an ideal married couple, in reality their marriage is based on deception.

  • Nora betrays Torvald by hiding her financial debt, and Torvald betrays Nora’s trust with his inability to understand her.

  • Nora matures from a childlike, dependent role into an independent woman who understands her own worth.

  • Torvald’s pride leads him to treat Nora like a possession instead of loving her as an equal.


(Drama for Students)

Nora Helmer, the "doll" wife, realizes after eight years of marriage that she has never been a partner in her marriage. At the play's...

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