A Doll's House

In Act 2, What is the meaning of Nora's remark to Dr.Rank that being with Torvald is almost like being with Papa? In what way des this remark reveal an attitude towards women common in the society of Ibsen's day?

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I think certainly the patriarchal culture of the time made father's and husband's rather similar. Torvald's treatment of Nora is patronizing. He often treats her as a child. He refuses to see Nora as a separate adult rather he treats her with one dimensional emotions. It is this patriarchal separation of both emotion and individuality which marks the times. Both father and husband sought control.