An Analysis Of Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll House

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There is a problem in present day with regard; towards sexism. Sexism is the act of one gender putting down the opposite gender as inferior. In this topic men putting down women as frail and weak minded. In the early nineteenth century in the United States there are ideas of traditionalism that survive today. Traditionalism is the old belief that all men, notably the oldest should be the head of the household and that women should be homemakers. These ideas of women still being weak mentally have brought great opposition to the idea of a female president. Traditionalist opposition has women body shamed into the fixed standard of beauty being the skinny Caucasian blonde. People still look down on women in troubled relationships as being their fault. Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House puts into criticism the problems brought by traditionalism though the story between Torvald and Nora. Where Nora has to keep a secret how she saved her husband’s life to save her marriage, because she fears a woman helping a man would shame him into leaving her. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short tale “The Yellow Wallpaper” also criticizes traditionalism and argues the ideals of traditionalism encourage sexism and is damaging towards women. The story is narrated by an unnamed protagonist going through a slow descent into madness through her journal, which insinuates her husband, a physician is encouraging her madness. What these two writings illustrate is that the old traditional beliefs are…
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