A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

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Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House is based in the Victorian society of the 19th century. It assesses the many struggles and hardships that women faced because of marriage “laws” that were crucial during that time period. The society was male- dominated with no equality. Nora is the protagonist in A Doll’s House and the wife of a man named Torvald. This play is about Nora’s voyage to recognizing her self- determination and independence. She transforms from a traditional, reserved woman to a new, independent woman. Nora’s relationship with Mrs. Linde, Nils Krogstad, and her husband, Torvald, help her personality grow throughout the play, A Doll’s House.
In Henrik Ibsen’s play, A Doll’s House, many literary elements such as juxtaposition, irony, and symbolism are intentionally used to reveal Nora’s true character.
There is juxtaposition that Ibsen creates between Mrs. Linde and Nora. This is shown mainly through their dissimilar marriages. Nora and Torvald play unequal roles in their marriage and according to Torvald, Nora is a child- like object whom he must provide for. In their relationship, Nora plays the passive role. Her only duty is to please her husband, who feels he is superior to her. Mrs. Linde’s situation was totally different from Nora’s. She was looking desperately for a job at the beginning of the play, as her husband had just died. She and Nils Krogstad previously had a relationship, but because of her family’s financial needs, she ends up marrying a businessman,…

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