Character Qualities of Nora and Antigone in A Doll’s House and Antigone

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Marlo Thomas says, ‘‘One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man.” Antigone, written by Sophocles, and A Doll’s House, written by Henrik Ibsen, are two plays about two women who defy the rules of society. In Antigone, an ancient Greek play, the girl breaks the king’s law in favor of the gods’ law by giving her brother, Polynices, a proper burial. In the end, Antigone dies because of her behavior, but not before she shows how strong she is when she stands up to Creon. In A Doll’s House, a Norwegian play that takes place in the late 1800s, Nora Helmer appears to be a normal, subservient wife to her husband, Torvald. However, throughout the …show more content…
And she scoops up dry dust, lifting it high and pouring, she crowns the dead with three full liberations,” (Sophocles, page 29, lines 474-480). This excerpt from Antigone shows her dedication to her brother and the gods because she does not just give up after the first attempt to bury him fails. Antigone goes to bury her brother again, even though she knows it could very well result in her death. Both Nora and Antigone’s persistence in their goals help them succeed in getting what they desire, but that is not the only quality that makes them unique from other women of their time. One of the main themes in both Antigone and A Doll’s House is how both women are against the expectations of society. In the duration of A Doll’s House, the reader learns that in the beginning of her marriage with Torvald Helmer, Nora takes out a loan from a man named Krogstad. She does this because Torvald is deathly ill, and the only way he will live is if they take a trip to Italy. Because Nora takes out the loan without his permission, she has to keep it a secret from him the whole time they are married, (Ibsen). Not only does Nora take out the loan without her husband’s permission, but she also forges her father’s signature to do so. She ends up breaking the laws of both society and state. If anyone ever finds out about what Nora has done, then her reputation will be ruined. Because she is a woman, that will be almost like suicide for Nora.
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