A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

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In 1879 A Doll’s House by Norwegian author Henrik Ibsen was banned throughout Britain as it challenged ideologies specific to those of Europe during the late nineteenth century. The drama presents itself as a social commentary by provoking the conservative ideals of the role of women and marriage. In the twenty-first century the performance stands harmless. Contrariwise, women of the Victorian age were seen as childlike and subservient, which resulted in much controversy surrounding Ibsen’s modern ideas. A Doll’s House is considered the first feminist piece of literature and is rooted in Henrik Ibsen’s close relationship with his mother. Ibsen is regarded as both the “Father of Realism” and the “Father of Modernism. Both of these features play a large role in A Doll’s House. He is able to create and progress that plot using specific characters such as, Nora and Torvald Helmer. As the performance progresses Ibsen uses characterization of those specific characters in order to emphasize the points being presented. Throughout the piece he presents us with many conflicting ideals, specifically through Nora and her actions, in doing so he is largely criticizing the beliefs of the late nineteenth century. From the beginning of A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen uses Nora, the protagonist of the work, to portray how women were viewed by both themselves and others during the late nineteenth century. When Nora Helmer is introduced to us in act one it is clear that Ibsen’s intention was to

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