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A Doll House Essay

Ibsen said that his mission in life was to “Inspire individuals to
freedom and independence” which was shown throughout the play A Doll
House. Since he wrote modern theatre, the characters were real and
audiences could relate to them. He particularly questioned the role
of men and women during his time. Ibsen used A Doll House to motivate
women so they would seek more power and freedom in their
relationships. Audiences could then look up to characters such as
Nora and Mrs Linde whom were independent, some what ahead of their
times. Ibsen’s purpose was to not only to enlighten women of their
unfair status but also to make the men understand women are much
smarter than what they think. His goal was to change these attitudes
of all humans so equality could be reached.

By 1878-79, when A Doll House was written, women’s rights had become a
burning issue. People such as John Stuart Mill who wrote The
Subjection of Women (1869) were one of the first to raise these issues
and could be seen as an early feminist. They raised question as to
whether the female role was fair. Before then, women were very
submissive and had little opportunities. They were unable to have a
job and were expected to do household duties and take care of the
children. Men were the dominant ones but the women knew no
different. For the few who could see this inequality, they were seen
as ‘unfeminine’ as they were thinking for themselves, which is
something only a man would do. Ibsen would be on their sides and
tried to express that it was all right, through his characters. Nora
plays upon her innocence and helplessness at the beginning to achieve
things, being the typical stereotype of women in this time. “Oh,
please,...


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... stand up for themselves. They were unlike
the stereotype in which women were made into and took responsibility
for their actions. The play would make people think and discuss these
roles of men and women and even question the values of society. Ibsen
hoped he would make women realise they deserve a choice as to whether
they want to marry and to be equal with men.

Bibliography

Mills, John Stuart 1860, The Subjection of Women, Prometheus Books,
New York

“Ibsen- woman’s rights” 2005
http://www.unesco.org/webworld/mdm/2001/fr/ibsen/form.html, 24/04/05

“A Doll House- Ibsen” 2005
http://www.novelguide.com/ADoll'sHouse/themeanalysis.html 24/04/05

“Woman’s right and roles” 2005
http://www.unesco.no/kommunikasjon/hukommelse/ibsen.html. 24/04/05

“Woman’s Liberation, Ibsen” 2005
http://www.international-relations.com/cm3-2/Feminismweb. html
24/04/05


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