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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 connectionThis 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 homeThe perception of manliness is also discussed though in a much more subtle way Noras description of Torvald suggests that she is partially aware of the lies inherent in the male role as much as that of the female Torvalds conception of manliness is based on the value of total independence He abhors the idea of financial or moral dependence on anyone His desire for independence leads to the question of whether he is out of touch with realityTied to the discussion of men and women are the frequent references to Noras father Throughout the play there are references to Noras father Furthermore Nora is frequently equated with him from her actions though people think he gave Nora and
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