When The Doll House was written in 1879, the world was still completely in the clutches of many horrific gender stereotypes. Women in particular were confined to very narrow roles, and were thought to be incapable of anything outside the scope of those roles.
The Helmer household was founded upon these stereotypes, and as we eventually see, could not stand without them.
Women were raised to believe that their place was in the home. Their primary
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has beautiful children, an adoring husband, a nice home, and some spending money in her pocket. This is the life that women should want, and the life that women were told they should aspire to.
If Helmer had never found out about the loan Nora took out, Nora would probably not have ever had a reason to leave. She wouldn’t have had a reason to question the integrity of the life she was leading.