Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll 's House

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English A: Literature: Works In Translation Essay 2015-2017 Torvald as a tool of Interpellation in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House Candidate Name: Alexandria Fatta Candidate Number: 2081 Teacher: Mrs. Rodriguez Course: Higher Level English A Literature School: Hillel Academy School Number: Examination Year: May 2017 Word count: 1534 The play A Doll’s House (Henrik Ibsen) is centered around the lives of the antagonist, Torvald Helmer and his wife Nora Helmer. Torvald is deemed as the antagonist based on the belief that he is a power hungry misogynist whilst his wife naturally becomes the protagonist, as her husband does not treat her as an equal. The entire play itself is submerged in the issue of individual versus society. Women and men during the Victorian Era were known to have two separate callings known as separate spheres. The idea of separate spheres is based on the ‘natural’ characteristics of men and women. It is said that women are weaker and more moral thus they are more suited for the domestic sphere whilst men were to be the breadwinner and labour all day.” Ibsen uses interpellation in his play to allow for an even deeper insight and understanding of Torvald Helmer’s life. Interpellation is an ideology/philosophical ideal that has two forms: Repressive State Apparatuses and Ideological State Apparatuses. Repressive State Apparatus deals with persons being subject to ideologies or certain principles solely because it is seemingly the norm whilst

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