Torvald demonstrates a selfish and rather severe reaction on Nora’s forgery and deception. That appears to be the final catalyst for her awakening. Being slightly aware of the fact that her life does not fully satisfy her true personality, she prefers to defy her husband in small but meaningful ways – lying about macaroni, for example. For her own pleasure she swears that she derives from small rebellion against cruel society and its harsh standards. As the drama proceeds her need for rebellion constantly grows. Nora becomes more and more aware of the truth of her life. So, her need for rebellion culminated in her final decision about leaving her family: husband and children in order to spend time with herself, finding her independence and knowing who she really is.
‘A Dolls’ House’ is considered to be H. Ibsen’s manifesto in the name of women’s right for happiness and for human rights in general. It was very controversial for the harsh 19th century with its moral standards and matrimonial norms. The drama of H. Ibsen was strongly criticized in the society. It broke the conventional way of life and ended by discussion, not unraveling. That was also a point for criticism. The author never imposed his own point of view but made a reader see everything with his or her own eyes and make an independent decision.
Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll’s House. Project Gutenberg, 2008