How does Torvald combine condescension and caring in his actions toward Nora?
Torvald calls Nora by pet names but they are all infantilizing - skylark, squirrel, singing-bird, etc. These animals are all fragile and silly, in need of protection. He also asks about her eating habits out of concern, but he has made rules about her consumption of sweets as though he were her parent rather than her husband.
How does Ibsen use stage directions to inform characterization?
Ibsen's stage directions often reveal a character's state of mind or inner life. For instance, Ibsen is very specific about how certain lines should be spoken. This is true of...
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