A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

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My understanding of cultural and contextual considerations of the work, A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, was deepened through the interactive oral. We discussed about the cultural values of the time with its emphasis on the position of women, and the play’s influence on feminism in Norway. In fact, A Doll’s House is more relevant than before, since a paradigm shift occurred in the modern society that women are no longer dependent upon men. After the publication and the first stage production, the play sparked an immediate outbreak of debate and controversy, and most of it centered on Nora’s decision to abandon her marriage at the conclusion. Many people considered the play as a revolutionary action of feminism, which contradicted Norwegian patriarchal society norms. One review of the period stated that the portrayal of the character Nora had disgusted the audience by violating the convention. Women in Norwegian patriarchal society were expected to live solely under the “umbrella” of their male figures in house, and they were economically and socially dependent upon men wherby they were not supposed to do anything other than their duties. They also had little political and economic power, and their highest possible achievement was motherhood, so that women tended to be labeled and viewed primarily as wives and mothers. When Torvald continuously demeans Nora, she does not seem to mind and sometimes even encourages it. The forbidden macaroon comes to represent the parent-child

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