A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

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In past history, society has been very traditional with its views on gender roles. The term "gender role" alludes to society 's idea of how men and women are expected to act and behave. Gender roles are based on norms, or standards, created by society. In American society, “masculine roles have commonly been related with strength, aggression, and dominance, while feminine roles have traditionally been related with passivity, nurturing, and subordination” (sex roles/gender roles). In “A Doll’s House,” written by Henrik Ibsen, the readers are shown a firsthand view at how gender roles affected the character’s actions and interactions throughout the play.
The play reveals the restricted roles of women during the 19th century and the problems that emerged from an uncommon balance of power between men and women. Ibsen illustrates the uncommon balance of power between men and women through the two main characters, Nora and Torvald Helmer. He shows us how women were only good for the amusement of their husbands, how they were expected to submit to their husbands in every way, and how women were incapable of taking on serious issues.
Throughout the play, Ibsen uses stereotypical gender attributes in his characterization of Nora and Torvald. In the final scenes of the play, he abruptly reverses the stereotypes to show that inner strength and weakness are functions of being human, not functions of gender. A Doll’s House portrays the typical stereotypes of men running businesses and

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