Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll House

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"Human rights are women 's rights, and women 's rights are human rights," says Hilary Clinton. The message was clearly portrayed in the famous literary work of 1879 in, “A doll house” by Henrik Ibsen in artistic way. Henrik Ibsen brings up one of the aspects of gender role and society norms as it was during the nineteenth century. The ideology in the nineteenth century of Norway’s was that men are hypothesized to be a breadwinner, where women need to take care of their children and stay home. Ibsen presents Helmer’s house as a middle class family, where Nora and Torvald seems to be living a happy marriage life. Nora and Torvald have an abnormal relationship from the audience point of view of the present. As the play progresses Nora’s Identity shifts from being a “Doll” in a house to being a strong, fearless, powerful, and Independent women. Ibsen delivered an influential vision for self-empowerment in the role of Nora, and shows that weakness and strength are the function of being human not the function of gender. Nora plays the role as the expectation of society and Torvald is portrayed as a stereotypical man. The both gender behaving the way that society considered appropriate. Some of the society norms of that time were, a typical man works to earn money for the family and control all the finances and wife has to stay at home and take care of their children and do things that their husband wants them to do. “After a woman married, her rights, her property, and even her

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