There is much talk of love in A Doll's House, but in the end, the Helmers discover that true love never existed between them. Throughout the play we hear of and see many different forms of love: familial, maternal, paternal, and fraternal. Romantic love even blossoms for two of the secondary characters. However, for the main characters, the Helmers, true romantic love is illusive.
Nora's conception of love seems to be linked to the idea of sacrifice.
A Doll's House seems to convey the idea that real love can only exist between equals.