In A Doll's House, Ibsen uses debt as a symbol to expose the superficiality of Nora and Torvald's marriage. Ibsen uses Nora's secret debt as a tool for making social comment. It is significant for Nora's realisation of the shallowness of their marriage and it also gives her a sense of pride and control in her daily life. Ultimately, the debt gives her freedom for self-discovery but simultaneously restrains her because she must deprive herself and lie to Helmer in order to repay it. When Helmer discovers Nora's secret debt and forgery, he is so caught up in her crime and his appearances' that he overlooks her ignorance and good intentions. When confronted with the fact that Torvald will discover her secret debt, she believes that if he... [continues]
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