A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

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“A Doll, a Partner, and a Change”
Social movement of women liberation toward equal rights and independence has been a big subject in human history. It happens not only in Europe but also all over the world. Though making progress, this movement has been advancing slowly and encountered backslashes from time to time. Maybe there is something deeply hidden which the society has not figured out yet, even women themselves. What do women want, freedom or good life? Most of the time, they are not necessarily the same thing.
The play, “A Doll House” written by Henrik Ibsen back in 1879 while exiled in Germany, reveals the desire of freedom from Nora, a typical house wife in Norway back in the end of 19th century. An event of secret loan
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At the scene Helmer replies: “Yes, it’s not at all impossible. Mrs. Linde, I suppose you’re a widow” (Ibsen 1126), after Nora asks Torvald to consider giving Linde, her friend, a position in the bank. All show the inferior status of women in the family, and in the society’s legal structure. Not only that the society calls for a woman “no deceiving” as a wife under any circumstance, but also women basically are forbidden to do many things financially, including borrowing. A woman back then should be dependent on her family and not supposed to have a serious job unless being a widow or not married.
In “The position of Women in Norway”, Pernille Lønne Mørkhagen states that “up the 1854, Norwegian women acquired inheritance rights. But, not until 1890s that married women gained the right to control their own wealth. Prior to the start of industrialization in the 19th century, the role of women was entirely subservient to men” (Mørkhagen). Though Norway is a leading country to address women’s right now, the social norm back then in Norway is still a male dominating society. It is especially true once we learn that Henrik Ibsen was born in Norway (1828-1906), and “A Doll House” is one of the famous plays he wrote to reveal the social issues encountering during that time (“Henrik Ibsen”).
A partner, the desire for women to be treated
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