Nora, a leading character of the story, is a young woman who is “not allowed” to have her views, opinions, and tastes. First, she is under full control of his father. Then, after she got married, her husband completely controls her life. The heroine is supposed to behave and live by the rules dictated by society. She is a wife of the attorney and a mother of three children. However, her husband never speaks with her about anything serious. The life of this nice and pretty woman is complicated, and it is even difficult to say that she is the “mistress” of the house. Also, throughout the play, it seems that she does not raise children but rather plays with them, as if she continues playing with dolls. It seems that things that surround her in the house are toys rather than real objects. However, the heroine is not as simple as it may seem from the beginning. Once she dared to commit a crime on behalf of her loved ones. She did it to save the life of her husband. For many years, Nora secretly was trying to get rid of the debt that has been weighing on her mind. Nevertheless, despite Nora’s extravagance, she evokes a desire to sympathize with her, be surprised at her helplessness, analyze and understand her actions rather than criticize the heroine. After all, the heroine finally understands that she has changed greatly and cannot continue playing the role of a happy, slightly frivolous mistress of the “dollhouse.” This understanding alienates from her not only the husband but also the children. This transformation at the end symbolizes that the heroine finally has found her freedom and has become willing to start living a real life.
Nora Helmer in the Essays