Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll 's House

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Nasrin Pretty
Ms. DeMarchi
English IV - AP UCONN ECE Period 2
October 7, 2015
Ibsen’s Perspective on Women
The Norwegian playwright and dramatist, Henrik Ibsen, wrote several plays on social drama where he opposed the accepted traditions of the nineteenth century. Some of his most famous plays on society versus women were A Doll’s House, Hedda Gabler, and Pillars of Society. Ibsen supported women and feminism, contrary to societal norms by creating strong women in the forms of Nora Helmer, Hedda Tesman, and Lona Hessel from his plays.
In A Doll’s House, Ibsen introduces the main character, Nora Helmer, as an independent woman in order to present his view on society’s belief of how women should be housewives and should focus on their family rather than working. According to Michael Meyer, the character of Nora is a reaction to the denial of “the hoary problem of women’s rights” (Templeton). Nora’s character continuously attempts to be independent, rather than being dependent on her husband. She wants to be taken seriously, rather than being a doll in a doll’s house, at the disposal of her husband. For example, Nora says to her husband, Torvald, “If I’m ever to reach any understanding of myself… I must learn to stand alone. That’s why I can’t stay here with you any longer” (Ibsen, A Doll’s House 81). By including the dialogue, Ibsen displays how women are strong and should be able to find their own identity without their husbands oppressing them. The last few lines of the
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