Compare and Contrast How Gender Roles Are Presented in the Importance of Being Earnest and a Doll’s House in Light of Ibsen’s Statement That “There Are Two Kinds of Moral Laws, Two Kinds of Conscience, One for Men and

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Compare and contrast how gender roles are presented in The Importance of Being Earnest and a Doll’s House in light of Ibsen’s statement that “there are two kinds of moral laws, two kinds of conscience, one for men and one quite different, for women.”

According to Ibsen’s statement, he states that moral laws are divided into two, one for women and the other for men. He’s claiming that the “moral laws” that society has implanted has double standards. Ibsen and Wilde present gender roles through morality, marriage, food delicacies, dance and wealth. These four factors affect how the characters in both plays are viewed by society. Both writers present the expectations society has for both genders. They highlight the obscurity, the society
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There’s a positive correlation between the two characters corrupted morality and the depth of the illness of the fictitious person. Algernon bunburied when he found out about the young lady, Cecily, who is guarded by Jack. He had the responsibility to search for a profound woman who lived in the town and is very social. Ibsen uses a different element to Wilde, since the play is only set in the Helmer’s house, Nora can only wear a mask rather than creating an alter ego for herself. Instead her mask plays the role that is expected from Torvald. “a woman judged herself and was judged by her husband, her neighbours and society could be divided into four cardinal virtues-piety, purity, submissiveness and domesticity. Put them all together and they spelled mother, daughter, sister, wife-woman.”₁. She earned money behind Torvald’s back to pay back the debt. This role is not tolerable to be performed by a woman according the expectations of the Victorian society but it is accepted when a man performs this task; a case of double standards.

It was highly moral for a man to have a family and to be current in marriage; it boosts up his image and role in society. A man, who has been out of marriage for too long, is seen as idle. Wilde presents two characters, Algernon and Jack, who have a dispute whether marriage is silly or not. It suggests that not every Victorian man were keen on the idea of marriage. In the Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde displays a