The Role of Women in 19th Century as Portrayed in Henrik Ibsen's 'A Doll's House'

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Explain following work reveals about the role of women at that time and whether the author supports women's liberation: Ibsen, A Doll's House. In a Doll's House, Ibsen is illustrating the contrasting social views when it comes to women's rights and equality. This is taking place by showing how Nora and Torvald Helmer are living a life of affluence and wealth. What is happening is the couple has struggled for years to have better lifestyle. Set over the Christmas holiday, this appears to be a joyous time for both of them. This is because Torvald is working as a supervisor at a bank and has the opportunity to improve their standard of living. On the surface, this appears to be a good thing that will benefit both individuals. ("Plot Overview," 2012) However, underneath it all is an unfolding plot that affects Nora and her relationship with Torvald. A few years ago, he became sick and had to go Italy to seek out treatment. Yet, the couple cannot afford the costs and Nora is forced to borrow the money. She tells him that they received the funds from her relatives. This is not true, as she is forced to borrow money from an unscrupulous source (which is the equivalent of a modern day loan shark). Nora is able to save and pay back most of the debt over the course of several years. She is close to paying off this…
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