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Reality is sometimes a hard thing to come to terms with A child doesnt want to know that Santa Claus doesnt really exist just as a cuckolded husband doesnt want to believe his wife is cheating on him But eventually we as humans must face up to the truth about ourselves Otherwise wed never evolve It is this striking theme that permeates the entire second act of Henrik Ibsens A Dolls House The first act of the play found Noras secrets backfiring on her threatening to upset forever the blind tranquility of her home life In this second act she begins to come to terms with the fact that her perfect fantasy world is in fact just that - a fantasy Nora begins to have realizations about the nature of her marriage and indeed her very life She doesnt want to face these facts about herself and her family but she can no longer turn back Something has to change for better or for worse This principle dramatic action is set into motion from the very first scene which begins with the first stage directions of the act and ends with Nora crying Ah- theyre coming- The nurse makes a comment while talking to Nora that seems to sum up the dramatic action of this scene - A poor girl whats got into trouble cant afford to pick and choose p 548 Col A This is significant because what Nora is doing throughout this entire scene is pondering her situation and what her options are She first tries to assure herself using symbols of solidity in her life It couldnt happen It isnt possible Why Ive three small children p 547 Col B But this is little more than false comfort as we see in Noras conversation with her nurse Here it becomes clear that Nora is as torn as her dress She simultaneously wants to maintain the status quo and escape the situation completely
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