Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House

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Societal appearance and acceptance is an utmost characteristic an average individual tends to underestimate. It may seem as if individual morals go against the social appearance, but in value, individuals perceive a need for an appearance to convey a sense of belonging. Within two diverse yet similarly realist drama's, A Doll’s House and Death of a Salesman societal appearance’s stands above all else. Henrick Ibsen's A Doll's House embarks on the gender fitting and domesticity of the Victorian Era at its worse as Nora Helmer's unrealistic marriage falls within her grasps, leading to rebellion. Arthur Miller, on the other hand, sets forth the "tragedy of the common man" through the tragic hero of Willy Loman and the “American Dream” in…show more content…
Her actions were merely out of commitment and love for her husband, but it was not till then that she discovers the price of her devotion—the realization of the truth. Similarly to Ibsen’s character of Nora, Miller represents the same ideals society sets to the individual through his character Willy Loman. Taking into consideration that the play is set after World War II during the late 1940’s, the idea of the “American Dream” was extremely idolized. The country at this moment was in the middle or reconstruction and reunification reviving for the economic boom of the 1950’s(Shmoop Editorial 2). Willy is a middle aged man of fifty years old and a father of two boys. Unlike his younger years, being a salesman has been rough for Willy as new and younger salesmen have been recruiting. Willy longs to provide for his family, and even though he may seem misguided most of the time, all that he does in life revolves around his sons and wife (Shmoop Editorial 2). Willy idolizes the American Dream to an extreme, but the fact that it is out of his grasps frustrates him and complicates everything he does. Working to support his family is an understandable matter, but the truth is that his work does not completely revolve around his family, but his goal of achieving the “American Dream.” Achieving the American Dream is attaining something that an individual may not have had the privilege or opportunity to accomplish. A simplified version would be
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