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The Traditional Role Of Men And Women In A Doll's House

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Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House is based on Nora, a submissive and selfless woman who would go at any lengths for her husband and children. At one point in the play, Torvald, her husband, was ill. The doctor advised him to go seek treatment in Italy. Torvald was opposed to this because they did not have the money to do so. However, Nora insisted and she secretly forged her father’s signature to secure a loan from Krosgad who later blackmails her. Indeed, Krosgad’s actions causes trouble which leads Nora to discover how lost she is in her marriage. It breaks her heart that her husband is not whom she thought he was. Henrik Ibsen’s story is a mixture of situation irony, dramatic irony, conflict, and suspense. Readers believe that Ibsen based A Doll’s House on the theme of feminism, a movement that was beginning to gain ground in society in the 19th century. However, there are discrepancies that show double standards in marriage and the general societal morality standards. Therefore, this paper argues that Ibsen’s play goes against the traditional roles of men and women in marriage, morality and feminism.
This play became significant in Norway because of how it showed the fate of women in male-dominated society. This caused outrage from both women and men. Men saw it to be deconstructing norms while women saw it as an eye-opener on how the society oppresses and suppresses them through institutions like marriages.
Clearly, the play casts doubts on the role of men and women in
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