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Both plays highlight the consequences of lies and present the audience with a view of secrecy and concealment which is an important theme in both A Dolls House and A Woman of No ImportanceThe female characters in the plays keep secrets from their family exhibiting behaviour that is deceitful and deviate from the accepted social norms of the era in which women were meant to be submissive and conduct themselves in ways that benefit their husbands and children The principal source of tension comes from Noras fear of her borrowing money being discovered by her husband similarly in A Woman of No Importance secrecy is once again a prominent theme as the women attempt to hide their scandalous pasts and tell lies upon lies in order to do so Lies and privacyare considered scandalous for women in the Victorian era yet in these cases the main reason they exhibit these qualitiesis to keep their family on a steady pathNora and Torvald are very alike as they both lie to society just like all the characters in the play are trapped in an entangled web of deceit Ibsen wanted to convey his views about individuality and the pursuit of social freedom He put this idea into simple characters that live ordinary lives at least in the eyes of society whilst their true desires lay incumbent within themselves and in their households It is important to note that the characters have a natural yearning for freedom At the start of the play Nora appears to be controlled by Torvald he calls her his skylark and squirrel and she thus performs actions to please him and always keep him in mind showing her submission to his control as it is suggested that Noras father regarded her in a way similar to Torvald Her change from one of submission to independence is highlighted by a number of incidences predominantly the scene where she leaves Torvald and rejects his sexual
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