Evolution Of Male Dominance Throughout A Doll 's House

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Geovanny Moreno
Mrs. Jones
English III IB
10 April 2014 Evolution of Male Dominance Throughout A Doll’s House Throughout history male dominance is prevalent. Males are always seen as the “bread winners” while women are likely to stay at home. In the play A Doll’s House, written by Henrik Ibsen, the audience is guided through a dictatorship masked by the word “marriage”. The setting of the play is in Norway, where the Helmer family lives together in a patriarchal society around the late 1870’s. Nora and Torvald Helmer appear to be a delightful couple. However, as the novel progresses, it is easily seen that there are major problems in their marriage. Torvald’s male dominance slowly diminishes in his superficial marriage to Nora and he soon gains knowledge over a touchy implication.Torvald’s authority over Nora perishes as Nora breaks free of her shackles and decides to leave the “Doll House” Torvald has created. Torvald believes and acts as a superior being toward Nora; he displays such actions by calling his wife demeaning names such as “Little squirrel” (Ibsen 2), “Little skylark” (2), “Little spendthrift” (2), “Little person” (3) “Little girl” (5), and “Little woman” (26). Such names create the illusion of him being more of a father figure or higher being who is much greater than his unfortunate wife, Nora. His controlling characterization continues when he engages in further conversation with Nora and asks her if she’s had macaroons. Nora is forced to blatantly…

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