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ThemesMetaphorSymbol Act I Setting It is important to note that the whole play takes place in one room and that until the last act Nora is in every scene she never seems to leave the roomeverything comes to her She is literally trapped in domestic comfort Also the first Act takes place on Christmas Eve However though there is a great deal of talk about morality throughout the play Christmas is never presented as a religious holiday and religion as a concept is later questioned by Nora in the third Act In fact it is discussed primarily as a material experience This emphasis is similar to the general theme of the centrality of material goods over personal connection Women and Men This play focuses on the way that women are seen especially in the context of marriage and motherhood Torvald in particular has a very clear and narrow definition of a womans role He believes that it is the sacred duty of a woman to be a good wife and mother Moreover he tells Nora that women are responsible for the morality of their children In essence he sees women as both child-like helpless creatures detached from reality and influential moral forces responsible for the purity of the world through their influence in the home HEL That is like a woman NORA It was like being a man HEL Almost everyone who has gone to the bad early in life has had a deceitful mother HEL It seems most commonly to be the mothers influence though naturally a bad fathers would have the same result NORA Because one is a woman it does not necessarily follow that--- When anyone is in a subordinate position Mr Krogstad they should really be careful to avoid offending anyone who-who The perception of manliness is also discussed though in a much
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