An Analysis Of ' A Doll 's House '

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TITLE: The Theme of Gender Inequality in A Doll’s House
INTRO: It is well-known that throughout history women and men have not always been treated as equals; it was not until the early twentieth century that women could vote in most countries. In the Victorian era, when A Doll’s House took place, women held a less than equitable sociopolitical and domestic standing. Socially, marriage and motherhood where no longer just emotional fulfillment for a woman; they had now become a responsibility and a full-time job that hardly allowed for leisure or external work. Since a woman’s life was centered on domesticity she had even fewer political rights outside the house than she did inside. A woman was not to vote, she could not form contracts without consent from a man, she was not deemed as a person under the law and she had no self-governance. THESIS: In Henrik Ibsen’s play, A Doll’s House, the effect of the symbolism of Nora and Torvald’s marriage is vital on the development of the theme of gender inequality during the Victorian era.
PARAGRAPH 1: In the first place, throughout the novel, Torvald is constantly using pet names to address Nora rather than referring to her by her name. This may seem cute, but what he is indirectly saying is that she is not a reasonable person to whom he should speak to with respect. When one looks at the different names Torvald uses, it does not take long to catch on to a theme; Torvald calls Nora his “little lark”, “little squirrel” and “skylark” (1,…

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