A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

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How do the women in A Doll’s House challenge the societal norms of the era the play was written in? Henrik Ibsen wrote and published A Doll 's House in 1879. This play created a heated conversation throughout Europe about women’s rights and their place in society. This play discusses how society perceives women during the late 1800s and how characters challenged the societal norm. The play is about women struggling to find independence and security. Through the marriage of Nora and her husband, Hemler, the challenge of the norm is present. Ibsen 's female characters within A Doll 's House are not very stereotypical. Ibsen 's female characters within A Doll 's House are not stereotypical. While living in a male dominant society, the women went against what society expected of them, they rise above the gender roles. The women within A Doll’s House challenge the societal norm by going against stereotypes, gaining a voice and striving for independence. During the late 1800s, society expected women to stay in the house and to do everything needed to sustain the lives inside the house and the house itself. Nora challenges one major stereotype, women’s only duty is to her family and children. In Act Three, Nora is having a conversation with her husband, Helmer, and Nora just told him that she is leaving him, the home and the children, without returning. Hemler challenges Nora, “To desert your home, your husband and your children! And you don’t consider what people will say!”

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