Torvald has banned Nora from eating macaroons. Although Nora claims that she never disobeys Torvald, this is proved false in the very opening of the play when Nora eats macaroons while she was alone in the living room. The macaroons come to represent Nora’s disobedience and deceit. She lies to Dr. Rank about having been given some by Mrs. Linde, and after giving a particularly tempestuous performance of the tarantella asks that macaroons be served at dinner, indicating a relationship between the macaroons and Nora’s inner passions, both of which she must hide within her marriage.
Macaroons Quotes in A Doll's House
The A Doll's House quotes below all refer to the symbol of Macaroons. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oxford University Press edition of A Doll's House published in 1998.).
Macaroons Symbol Timeline in A Doll's House
The timeline below shows where the symbol Macaroons appears in A Doll's House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.