Similarities Between Ibsen And A Dolls House

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Both Ibsen and McEwan utilise the texts protagonists as useful tools to initiate and develop plots which portray women as “creatures of an organised tyranny of men”. In both texts the marriages initially appear as harmonious but as the plots further progress conflict arises within both marriages, causing them to eventually collapse. Within “A Dolls House”, the plot is plot is centred around the protagonists, Nora and Tolvard, whom have been married for eight years. Nora, arguably deceives her husband in borrowing money, to pay for his treatment while he is seriously ill, and forging a signature without his knowledge. This is the where the primary conflict begins. Similarly, in “On Chesil Beach” we are presented with the protagonists,…show more content…
Nora is given parental and filial duty, but apart from this she does not know her true self. Contrastingly, in “On Chesil Beach”, Florence has a greater sense of self identity, this is evident through her passion for music, especially the violin. As this was set in the 1960’s a decade of increased women rights, Florence embodies the new woman, whom is given the freedom of travelling and pursuing her career, in contrast to Nora who is trapped within her ‘Dolls House’ and is confined to strict conjugal roles. Marriage is initially viewed as a means of gaining freedom and independence, however the characters later face the repercussions of marriage, as they self actualise and both female protagonists decide to leave.

In both texts, it can be argued that the male protagonists view they wives as their possessions, while also sexually objectifying them. The title itself a “Dolls House” displays possession, as Nora herself is subject to being Tolvard 's “Doll”. This is evident in within Act two, where Tolvard insists Nora dress as a “Neapolitan peasant girl”. Nora obeys in order to gain his
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