Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll House

2348 Words May 6th, 2015 10 Pages
Se’Naia Simpson
Dr. Asabi
Final Research paper

“A woman cannot be herself in the society of the present day, which is an exclusively masculine society, with laws framed by men and with a judicial system that judges feminine conduct from a masculine point of view.”(Author Commentary 296) Henrik Ibsen’s A doll house reflect a general household of doll like characters with a wife , husband, three children and a nanny. Nora, wife and mother of three decides to leave her family in pursuit of self purpose and self identity after withstanding blackmail which opened her eye to how her husband and men in her society value and view women individuality. This quotation from Henrik Ibsen above reflects his awareness of the male dominance in just about every aspect of the laws and societal views during the nineteenth century. Ibsen addresses the idea of women being ridiculed and judged by men, from only a mans’ point of view by introducing his interpretation with issues of gender biases and male superiority in his works, A Doll House and Hedda Gabler. During the 1800s women gradually began to gain independence and contribute to the workforce and take on more responsibility. The oppression of the 19th century Norwegian society on woman forced them to sacrifice their true identity and desires ultimately pushing them to rebel against societal standards and imposed expectations in attempts to gain self-efficiency and purpose.
According to the Norwegian National Commission:

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