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Henrik Ibsen's A Doll’s House - Henrik Ibsen's A Doll’s House In A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen reveals how society and authority hinders the development of individuality. By examining how Nora’s father treated her, the way Nora’s husband talked to her, a woman’s social expectations, and the social status of women, Ibsen sets forth the image of a stiffed woman, trapped in an unhappy marriage. Nora’s father treated her as if she was just a little play doll. He belittled her and treated Nora like a baby. Referencing to her father, Nora illustrates this by saying, “ ....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays] 404 words
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Rights of Women in the Nineteenth Century and in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House - Henrik Ibsen, who was born in Norway but made his name internationally, was a painter as well as the one of most famous playwrights during the period of Realism. Ibsen’s plays are well-known by the themes of domestic and political issues and conflict in nineteenth century. Scholars call it “Ibsen’s problems play” (Henrik Ibsen, 650). In addition, in Ibsen’s plays, the general topics that are usually discussed are hypocrisy of the society, restriction of women, and the self-sacrifice. Under the influence of Industrial Revolution, the conflict between classes and the struggle among workers were becoming more and more intense, especially among women....   [tags: A Doll’s House]
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Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House: A Realistic Drama - Societal problems prevail throughout the history of the world and exist within all countries, regions, and cultures. The controversial aspects in societies are based on a large variety of subjects, and have to be identified in order to cause societal change. Therefore, Realism is the portrayal of difficulties in societies that are depicted in everyday life, which includes common situations and actions. Realism allows authors to describe and emphasize the incompetence of some aspects within communities, while enabling writers to call for societal reform....   [tags: A Doll’s House Essays]
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The Theme of Escape in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House - Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”, a tragic play set in the late 1800’s, is one women’s realization of her life as merely that of a doll living out her life as an object in a world dominated by the males around her. Ibsen points the reader in the right direction to the deeper meaning of the play in the title. The title “A Doll’s House”, a metaphor, causes the reader or watcher of the play to think what deeper meaning lies ahead. The play takes place in the living room of Torvald and Nora Helmer’s apartment on Christmas Eve....   [tags: A Doll’s House Essays]
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Nora Helmer in Ibsen's A Doll House - In 1879, Henrik Ibsen published the play A Dolls House. However, to much of his displeasure the portrayal of the third act was considered erroneous to critics and audiences of that time frame. This controversy centered on the play’s conclusion in Nora's decision to leave her marriage and abandon her children. Critics labeled this decision appalling and unrealistic, since at that time in history no true woman would ever make such a choice. This uproar forced Ibsen to write a second ending where Nora instead decides that the children need her more than she needs her freedom....   [tags: A Doll’s House Essays]
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Ibsen’s Views of Women in "A Doll’s House" - Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House caused a sensation in 1879. During the 19th century, theatergoers were used to plays with fanciful plots that led to happy ending. Ibsen revolted against this and created a play A Doll’s House, which was the first modern drama. It was so shock to people, because it showed women’s inner life and their different, true side from what people wanted to believe and what they thought of. With his exclusive play, he shows his views of women’s struggles, strengths, and desires....   [tags: Ibsen, feminism, women, Doll’s House, theatre, ] 635 words
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Free Essay - Mrs. Linde and Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House - A Doll’s House Essay: Mrs. Linde and Nora       After reading  “A Doll’s House” by Hendrik Ibsen. I can conclude that there is both a parallel and a contrast structure in the characters of Mrs. Linde and Nora. A contrasting difference in the characters, are shown not in the characters themselves, but the role that they play in their marriages. These women have different relationships with their husbands. Torvald and Nora have a relationship where there is no equality. To Torvald Nora is an object....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]
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rebeldol Rebellion of Nora and Mrs. Linde in Ibsen's A Doll's House - Rebellion of Nora and Mrs. Linde in A Doll's House An underlying theme in Ibsen's play, A Doll's House is the rebellion of Nora and Mrs. Linde against society. Over the course of the play, Nora and Mrs. Linde both experienced an evolution from passive victims in a life pre-programmed for them by society to active agents in an uncertain and insecure life. In an effort to save her husband's life, Nora has committed forgery and Krogstad is ready to use this information in order achieve his goals: '(...) if I produce this document in court, you'll be condemned' (Ibsen 791)....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays] 1271 words
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Investigation of Power in Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’ - Investigation of Power in Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’ Nora Helmer is introduced in Act I as a character subjugated to the wills and desires of her husband; she is merely an object which Torvald, possesses. At the conclusion of Act III however, she has become sufficiently independent to arrive at her decision to leave the children, her husband and what life she had behind, as she slams the door on the family home. A significant transition of power has occurred and this is one of the major themes that Ibsen raises in his dramatic text ‘A Doll’s House.’ However, in examining the underlying issue of power presented by the text, one cannot simply look at the plight of Nora’s character, three major...   [tags: A Doll's House Essays] 1478 words
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Nora's Decision in Henrik Ibsen’s Play A Doll’s House - Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, illustrates the primary ideals of motherhood through protagonist Nora Helmer, who desires independence separate from her stifled 19th century lifestyle. Likewise, her decision to walk out on her husband and three small children is seen as a very controversial and scandalous act during this time period. Nora’s crisis emerges from her lack of a maternal figure during her childhood, her previous connotations of men, and ultimately her choice to abandon her loved ones for an independence all her own....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House] 1116 words
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Marriage Without Love in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House - Marriage Without Love in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House In his play, 'A Doll?s House,' Henrik Ibsen shows a marriage built only on appearances, and not love. Both Nora the wife, and Torvald the husband, pretend they are in love throughout the story. However, love should be patient and kind, and their love is anything but that. Nora treats her husband as a father figure. Her feelings towards Torvald are more about dependence than love. Torvald treats Nora like a child or a pet. He gets very angry and frustrated with Nora, and he does not truly love her....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen Doll's House Essays Papers]
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The Struggle for Identity in A Doll’s House - The Struggle for Identity in A Doll's House      A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, is a play that was written ahead of its time. In this play Ibsen tackles women's rights as a matter of importance. Throughout this time period it was neglected. A Doll's House was written during the movement of Naturalism, which commonly reflected society. Ibsen acknowledges the fact that in 19th century life the role of the woman was to stay at home, raise the children and attend to her husband. Nora Helmer is the character in A Doll House who plays the 19th woman and is portrayed as a victim....   [tags: A Doll’s House]
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Reasons Nora Helmer Must Leave Her Husband in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House - Reasons Nora Helmer Must Leave Her Husband in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House Foreward: Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House (aka A Doll's House) is so rich in moral, political, and metaphysical (if one is to regard such matters as "selfhood" and "identity" as metaphysical) insights and criticisms that it is hard to imagine how one could absorb it all in one sitting. Its moral message was very bold in its day and remains so in the more slowly progressing parts of the world, like North America. Institutions move faster than attitudes (at least in times of progressive, interventionist governance) and there are many lag-minded relics who still don't understand why equal-rights legislation has had to be p...   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]
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rebeldol Essay on Nora’s Rebellion in Ibsen's A Doll's House - Nora’s Rebellion in A Doll’s House      The central theme of A Doll’s House is Nora’s rebellion against society and everything that was expected of her. Nora shows this by breaking away from all the standards and expectations her husband and society had set up for her. In her time women weren’t supposed to be independent. They were to support their husbands, take care of the children, cook, clean, and make everything perfect around the house. Nora’s first rebellion was when she took out a loan so that she could pay for her husband, Torvalds medical treatment....   [tags: A Doll’s House] 727 words
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The Feminist Movement in A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - The Feminist Movement in A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen   In Henrik Ibsen's, A Doll's House, the character of Nora Helmer goes through the dramatic transformation of a kind and loving housewife, to a desperate and bewildered woman, whom will ultimately leave her husband and everything she has known. Ibsen uses both the characters of Torvald and Nora to represent the tones and beliefs of 19th century society. By doing this, Ibsen effectively creates a dramatic argument that continues to this day; that of feminism....   [tags: Doll?s House Henrik Ibsen Essays Papers]
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Facades in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House - When a young girl plays with her doll house, she imagines a make-believe world full of enchantment. However, little does she realize the false and unattainable image of perfection that lies before her. With every miniature doorway and elaborate bookcase, the doll house disguises reality with a mask of flawless excellence. Similarly, Henrik Ibsen describes many appearances in A Doll House as mere façades of deception. These images reiterate the theme that outer appearances are never what they seem....   [tags: A Doll’s House Essays]
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The Masquerade in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House -    In A Doll House, Ibsen presents us with Torvald and Nora Helmer, a husband and wife who have lived together for eight years and still don't know each other. This rift in their relationship, caused in part by Torvald's and Nora's societally-induced gender roles and also by the naivete of both parties to the fact that they don't truly love one another, expands to a chasm by the end of the play, ultimately causing Nora to leave Helmer. Throughout most of the play, Ibsen continually has his characters prepare for a masquerade ball that takes place at their friends' house....   [tags: A Doll’s House Essays]
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The Plot in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House - The play A Doll House (1879), by Henrik Ibsen, has a realistic feel that compels the reader to identify with the main characters and the situation that they find themselves facing. The wife, Nora, is in all but one scene, and nearly all the scenes occur in a single room. She is the main character, and it is her unraveling and self-discovery that the reader is spectator to. Act I begins by introducing Nora Helmer. She enters the room carrying packages and eating macaroons. Nora's husband, Torvald, enters the living room as Nora quickly hides her sweets from him....   [tags: A Doll’s House Essays] 1164 words
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Gender Stereotypes in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Gender Stereotypes in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Susan Glaspell's Trifles In the plays A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen, and Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, the male characters propagate stereotypes and make assumptions concerning the female characters. These assumptions deal with the way in which the male characters see the female characters, on a purely stereotypical, gender-related level. The stereotypes and assumptions made in A Doll's House are manifest in the way Torvald Helmer treats his wife, Nora, and in the way Nora acts to please her husband....   [tags: Ibsen Glaspell Trifles Doll House Essays Papers]
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Comparing the Powerful Women in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Comparing the Powerful Women in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Susan Glaspell's Trifles      Throughout history, a woman's role is to be an obedient and respectful wife. Her main obligation is to support, serve, and live for her husband and children. In Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Susan Glaspell's Trifles, two different women make a decision to take matters into their own hands by doing what they want to do, no matter what the outcome may be and in spite of what society thinks. These two women come from different homes and lead very different lives yet, these two women share similar situations--both are victims, both are seeking individuality, and initially, both women end...   [tags: Trifles Glaspell Doll's House Ibsen Essays]
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The Animal Spirit in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House - It is our human spirit that separates us from animals. Because animals lack a spirit of their own, they have no conscience to guide them with the inner sense of right and wrong. T.C. Boyle's "Carnal Knowledge" portrays two people, Jim and Alena, who live as if they lack a human spirit. Like animals, they act as they please, satisfying their own wants with no sense of morality. From Jim's lies of being a vegan to Alena's hatred towards mankind, we see an underlying theme. This theme is that a human being without spiritual depth and moral reasoning becomes just meat....   [tags: A Doll’s House Essays] 910 words
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Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House - What comes to mind when the word morals is said. Whose morals should be followed, individual or group. In A Doll House, Ibsen portrays the protagonist, Nora, to follow the morals of her husband, Torvald. Four key aspects that help Nora decide to change her mind and make a decision to leave Torvald. These include the constant change of nicknames, the questioning of her own independence, the questioning of Torvald's love, and the realization that Torvald loves his reputation more then herself. As a result, Nora sets out to find her own individuality and moral beliefs....   [tags: A Doll’s House Essays] 655 words
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Gender In A Doll’s House And The Importance Of Being Earnest - Gender In ‘A Doll’s House’ And ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’ A Doll’s House and The Importance of Being Earnest were both written in the late nineteenth century at a period in time when gender roles in society were not only significant to the structure of society but were restrictive and oppressive to individuals. This was particularly true in the case of women who were seen as the upholders of morals in polite society and were expected to behave accordingly. A Doll’s House and The Importance of Being Earnest challenge society and its inclination to categorise and expect certain behaviour of individuals based on their gender....   [tags: Gender Doll House Earnest Essays Ibsen Wilde]
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Societal Views of Women in the Victorian Era in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House - Societal Views of Women in the Victorian Era in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, creates a peephole into the lives of a family in the Victorian Era. The play portrays a female viewpoint in a male-dominated society. The values of the society are described using the actions of a woman, Nora, who rebels against the injustices inflicted upon her gender. Women’s equality with men was not recognized by society in the late 1800’s. Rather, a woman was considered a doll, a child, and a servant....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]
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Escaping the Cage of Marriage in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House - Escaping the Cage of Marriage in A Doll House       A bird may have beautiful wings, but within a cage, the beautiful wings are useless. Within the cage, the bird is not fulfilling the potential for which it was created - it is merely a household decoration.  In Ibsen's symbolic play A Doll House, Nora is the bird, and her marriage is the cage. Externally, Nora is a beautiful creature entertaining her husband with the beautiful images of a docile wife, but internally, she is a desperate creature longing to explore her potential outside the cage of her marriage....   [tags: A Doll’s House Essays]
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Reasons for Nora Helmer to Stay in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House - In "A Doll House" Ibsen made a very controversial act, by having Nora leave her husband and her family. After first reading the play I thought that what Nora did was the right thing to do. But after thinking about I now realize that wasn't the right thing to do. Yes, Torvald was not the best husband in the world, but Nora should have considered that before she married him. To turn your back on your spouse is one thing, but to turn your back on your children is another. Nora was around in an era were women were looked down upon, not considered equal to men, so it would be hard for her to find a job....   [tags: A Doll’s House Essays] 706 words
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Evolution Within a People in A Doll's House and An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen - Evolution Within a People in A Doll's House and An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen In all cultures it is easy to see the effects of change. Change can be a revolution, a new form of thought, or a new idea surfacing. No matter what these changes are, they often emerge from the minority. In several cases this results an uprising, turning the social system on end. Simple examples of this type of change can be seen in the French or American revolutions, and even in the hippie movement of the 1960's....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen Enemy House Doll's People Essays] 744 words
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Henrik Isben's A Doll’s House and Frederico Garcia's The House of Bernarda Alba - Henrik Isben's A Doll’s House and Frederico Garcia's The House of Bernarda Alba The House of Bernarda Alba and A Doll's House, by Frederico Garcia Lorca and Henrik Ibsen respectively, are two similar plays written at different times. In 1964, Frederico's The House of Bernarda Alba debuted in Madrid Spain, thirty-one years after it's birth in 1933. It pioneered the style of surrealistic imagery, popular folklore and was written in prose. A Doll's House was published in 1879 and appeared on stage that year in Copenhagen....   [tags: Compare Contrast House Garcia Doll Essays]
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A Doll's House - Groundbreaking themes were presented in Henrik Ibsen's play, A Doll's House. The play has shared an important message regarding feminism. It was released in the 1800's, a time when women were not taken seriously, which makes the work essential for humanity to observe and respond to. One of the most important aspects of Ibsen's play was the end, in which the main character, Nora Helmer leaves her husband. This was a shocking scene for unprepared audiences in theaters through out the world. Divorce and separation from one's spouse and children was not proper to discuss in public because it was not looked highly on....   [tags: Henrik, Play Analysis] 983 words
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A Doll's House - A Doll’s House takes place in 19th century Norway and Ibsen provides the audience a view of the societal shackles of the era that would imprison women in their own houses. Ibsen introduces Mrs. Linde at early stage of the play as Nora’s old school friend with whom Nora could share her secret and this serves as a way of letting the audience know about Nora’s struggles. Mrs. Linde is an independent woman whose character serves as a foil to Nora’s character in the play. Throughout the play, A Doll’s House, Mrs....   [tags: Character Development, Norway, Ibsen]
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The A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen - ... In the 1900’s, women were expected to get married and have children. If they weren’t married, they were looked upon as not being good enough to have a husband. Once you were married, you stayed married. The saying “until death do us part” was taken seriously and literally. Another theme that was reflected in A Doll’s House was lies and deceit which is also known as betrayal. This is reflected in the story by Nora illegally borrowing money from her father to help improve Torvald‘s health when they traveled to Italy when he got desperately sick....   [tags: lies and deceit, good friends] 626 words
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Comparison of A Doll's House and Antigone - “The Empowered Woman, she moves through the world with a sense of confidence and grace. Her once reckless spirit now tempered by wisdom. Quietly, yet firmly, she speaks her truth without doubt or hesitation and the life she leads is of her own creation.” --Excerpt from ‘The Empowered Woman’ by Sonny Carroll In my mind, Sonny Carroll’s poem perfectly represents what an empowered woman should be; firm, determined and able to stand on her own feet. The characters of Nora and Antigone, from Henrik Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’ and Sophocles’ ‘Antigone’ respectively, completely fit my description of ‘the empowered woman’....   [tags: The Empowered Woman, Sonny Carroll] 1263 words
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Nora and Torvald in The Doll's House - People cannot survive on their own in this world, so they form relationships. Relationships play an important role in a person's life; it influences and defines one's character and ideals. It can make someone the happiest person in the world or the most miserable. In order to establish a stable and long lasting relationship, there must be proper communication at the base of this bond. The rules of proper communication include: listening to each other, understanding the other person's emotions and needs, truthfully expressing one's view's, and supporting each other during times of adversity....   [tags: character analysis, historical context]
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The Outdated Views in a Doll House - The Outdated Views in A Doll House There once was a time when females had basically no rights or opportunities. Women were expected to stay at home and keep their interests purely on chores at home involving cleaning, cooking, and taking care of the kids. American Women have come a long way since this time in only around 90 years. Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll House depicts most of the outdated views on women’s rights compared to the equality women have in this day and age. Before the 19th Amendment for women’s rights was passed in America, women had no right to be involved in their family’s financial situation....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen play] 1175 words
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The Doll House by Henrik Ibsen - The lack of parity for African Americans and women were major in this country’s past life. The play Doll House examines the subject of women’s roles during its time period while the play Fences highlights the theme of the black experience in America during its own time period. In both plays these themes are shown through the conflicts the characters Torvald Helmer and Troy Maxson encounter in their affairs. Torvalds wife Nora Helmer is a typical women for her time; She is a housewife. She allows Torvald to be controlling of her; molding who she is....   [tags: Miss sweet tooth, african americans, Nora] 987 words
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Symbols and Conflict in A Doll's House - ... Often danced by a married couple to show togetherness. As the Tarantella is meant to be a passionate dance for a couple, it is very significant how it is used between Nora and Torvald in the play. “Torvald: you must go and rehearse the tarantella and practice on the tambourine. I’ll go into the office and shut the door, and I will hear nothing. You can make as much noise as you like” (Ibsen 65). As stated earlier, this dance is one that is meant to be danced and conducted by two and its to show togetherness....   [tags: literary devices and analysis]
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A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, observes the everyday life of an average Norwegian family. The role that each character plays in this family is very stereotypical. Nora is the obedient housewife and Torvald is the ideal “working man.” The life Nora and Torvald have built crumbles in the end, as a result of flaws in the social order. The responsibilities placed on Nora, Torvald, women, and men limit their freedoms to exist for themselves. Men and women depend too much on each other. If people realize that they are being forced to be and act a certain way, then they will act out against the order....   [tags: women in society, letters, inferiority]
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A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen - In Henrik Ibsen’s play, A Doll House, Nora Helmer represents many feministic ideals of the late eighteen hundreds. The ending is often what the play as a whole is remembered by, due to its shocking nature. Nora, the female lead of the play decides to leave her home suddenly, after a confrontation with her husband Torvald and never returns. Many saw this as a huge decision that was made abruptly, however what they fail to notice are the aspects that motivated Nora from the start of the play. At first, Nora may seem as if she is just a mindless, care free woman who is content with her life....   [tags: literary analysis, playwrights]
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A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - “If I’m ever to reach any understanding of myself and the things around me, I must learn to stand alone. That’s why I can’t stay here with you any longer.” -Nora Helmer, Act 3. A Doll’s House. Nora Helmer is the main character in the play “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen. This play takes place around the 1870’s in Christmas time. Nora and her husband Torvald Helmer appear to be the average and ideal marriage of the 19th century, a middle class with three children; everything seems to be perfect until the character of Nora Helmer changes completely....   [tags: story and character analysis] 768 words
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A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - The “Doll House” is a drama piece bringing to readers the typical occurrences that take place in marriages. At the beginning, Nora, the protagonist of the play and a typical housewife believes that true marriage is based on obedience. She put in illustration the act of being good to her parents as a daughter, obedient as a wife, and responsible as a mother. Torvald the husband of Nora is a man who is extremely successful and also projects on the act of being manipulative. As the breadwinner he is dominant and controlling and shows such characteristics at every given opportunity....   [tags: story and character analysis] 1101 words
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A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - ... But the children cannot be left in your care. I dare not trust them to you” (Doll act 3). An example of how women were considered property in this era is how Torvald reacted towards Nora when the letter from Krogstad arrives to him notifying him that he pardoned Nora’s crime. Torvald says, “There is something indescribably sweet and soothing to a man in having forgiven his wife- honestly forgiven her, from the bottom of his heart. She becomes his property in a double sense. She is as though born again; she has become, so to speak, at once his wife and his child” (Doll act 3)....   [tags: victorian era, woman, equality] 906 words
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A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen - Identifying a lie can at times prove quite troublesome. Some individuals may occasionally claim to spot deception simply by noticing the behavior of someone accused. This gut feeling is by no standards definite, and could be in fact mistaken. On the on other hand, one possible way to expose a lie concerns the revealing of an idea that is most assuredly true, such as with an article that has been written down. Documents usually are quite accurate, for once an idea is put on paper it becomes quite hard to retract....   [tags: Character of Nora] 927 words
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A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - When attending a masquerade, a person is expected to wear a mask. In fact, it’s looked down upon if a mask isn’t worn. But, what if for some people that mask never came off. In A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, each character has constructed their own metaphorical mask that they set firmly in place every morning when exiting their bed. Each character: Nora, Torvald, Kristine and Krogstad all have masks that they put in place when speaking to each other. Throughout most of the play, it is clear that all of the aforementioned characters have multiple facades that they use when speaking to one another; often switching quickly as they begin speaking to someone else....   [tags: masquerade party, revenge, masks ]
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A Doll's House and The Giver - ... People will lack the free will of choosing for themselves. Both Nora and Jonas live in corrupt societies, but with a different setting. Jonas lives in a world where everything and everyone is the same, whereas Nora’s society is not of sameness, but of difference, the difference of the rights of woman. Jonas is frustrated in the sameness of his community and the corruption of not having a choice. His perspective changes when he realizes what it’s like to have choices. Jonas’s change of perspective is incompatible with the sameness of the community (Chappell)....   [tags: awareness in society, character analysis]
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A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen - The themes of “objecthood” and “feminine liberation” in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House as conveyed through the characterization of Torvald and Nora, diction, stage directions and structure in two integral scenes. Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House conveys the story of a wife’s struggle to break away from the social norms of late nineteenth century middle class Europe. Throughout the play, Ibsen focuses on Nora’s characterization and experiences and thus this leads the reader to perceive her as the protagonist....   [tags: Objecthood, Feminine Liberation] 1548 words
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A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen - In the early 20th century, Nora began her life as the daughter of an educated, oil tycoon by the name of Cordell S. Williams. Business demands would prevent Cordell from having anymore children. Nora was only child. Nora was cordell’s pride and joy. Nora got whatever she wanted. Mr. Williams would eventually lose his wealth as the markets crashed in the year 1913. Broke and unemployed, Cordell turned to a life of crime, going by the gangster alias of Snakeskin Willie. In 1915, Snakeskin Willie was the perpetrator of the London Heights Trust heist, the biggest bank heist of the century....   [tags: Summary] 757 words
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A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - In this passage of “A Doll’s House” by Ibsen, the reader is presented with a decisive moment in the play. It provides the crucial turning point in which Nora’s changes her outlook towards Helmer by being independently decisive. Nora’s requirement to obtain freedom from her accustomed lifestyle, demonstrated so precisely here, is depicted from her search for what can be found in the world in accordance to her conflict. It gives her an authoritative position in holding the reins to her life. This is the climatic part within the play, due to its illustration of Nora’s character and opposition to remain under the control of her husband....   [tags: Character Analysis, Summary]
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A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - Henrik Ibsen created a world where marriages and rules of society are questioned, and where deceit is at every turn. In A Doll’s House, the reader meets Nora, a housewife and mother trapped in her way of life because the unspoken rules of society. Nora and the people around her decieve each other throughout the entire play, leading up to a shocking event that will change Nora and her family lives forever. Ibsen uses the theme deceit to tell a story filled with lies and betrayal. Deception is the driving force of the play, the key theme that causes the character’s action that shapes the story....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Marriage, Rules of Society]
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A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - “Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.” (TED) This is the definition that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, an African author and feminist, discovered when she looked up the term “feminist” in the dictionary at age fourteen. This is also the definition that she based her speech, “We Should All Be Feminists”, off of. Nora Helmer, the creation of Henrik Ibsen for his play A Doll’s House, is a feminist by this definition. One can be a feminist without knowing it, such as Adichie was at a young age....   [tags: feminist person, equality of sexes]
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A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - Krogstad is one of the most complex characters from Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Initially, Krogstad appears to be the villain of the play. Nora owes Krogstad a great deal of money. Krogstad uses the existence of her debt to blackmail Nora, threatening to inform her husband of her debt and her forgery if she does not use her influence to secure his position at the bank. Krogstad serves at a catalyst which brings about the central conflict of the play. However, Krogstad has other roles as well. Krogstad is a foil to Nora....   [tags: Character Analysis, Krogstad] 1413 words
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A Doll's House by Henrik Isben - In the 1900’s women were not granted with similar privileges as men. Economic suppression, limited education, and lack of civil rights were the primary issues for women. In the play A Doll’s House, Henrik Isben creates the realization of female oppression through the creation of the character, Nora. Nora is a woman, whose whole life is ruled by either her father or husband. Nora Helmer, tries hard to perform the roles expected of a woman, which, however, has led to her sacrifice of individual ideals and fulfillment of personal freedom....   [tags: female opression, independance, freedom]
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Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House - How the 1800s living dollhouse is indicative to the values of Norwegian and European society. Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House plays patronage to the oppressive standards of society in Norway during the late 1800’s. The phrase, ‘doll house’, is used throughout the novel to represent the continued struggle of living one on one in a household, where quite frankly the women has to always report and work for the man of the house. In the novel, Nora Helmer is described as the ‘doll’ of the house – the perfect wife that her husband wants, but she is just dying inside, feeling trapped and isolated from her surroundings and reality....   [tags: Norwegian, European Society, Literary Analysis]
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A Doll's House and Trifles - The movement for female right is one of the important social issue and it is ongoing reaction against the traditional male definition of woman. In most civilizations there was very unequal treatment between women and men with the expectation being that women should simply stay in the house and let the men support them. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, and Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, are two well-known plays that give rise to discussions over male-female relationships. In both stories, they illustrate the similar perspectives on how men repress women in their marriages; men consider that women should obey them and their respective on their wives is oppressed showing the problems in two marriag...   [tags: Play Analyses, Women's Rights] 1060 words
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Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House - ... (Page 15) As Mrs. Linde refers to Nora as unwise of doing so she rejects the idea of being imprudent, justifying her position as due to cause and nothing more. (Page 16) All through the conversation she joyously talks about her fortunes, adventures and success of having saved the life of Torvald, she stops for a short while and sure enough finds a way to continue about the recruitment of her money. (Page 10-19) After her catch up with Ms.Linde, Krogstad first appears in fear of losing his position at the bank after Helmer becomes angry by Krogstad for referring to Helmer as an equal and convinces Nora to fight for the sake of his job....   [tags: Nora Helmer, character analysis]
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Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House - How did Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House show the effects societal roles had on the men and women of the 19th century. The effects of the societal roles in men and women from the 19th century are displayed through the actions and morals of the characters in Henrik Ibsen’s play, A Doll’s House. The play demonstrates through its main characters the demanding norms of society. When one does not abide the Victorian society norms they are shunned, pitied and left with almost nothing. Ibsen’s humanistic side is seen through this play as he creates realistic problems for fictional people to suffer through So, the effects of societal roles are seen in the character of Nora Helmer, who is the obedient,...   [tags: Societal Roles, Men, Women, 19th Century, Analysis]
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Use of Imagery in A Doll's House - Use of Imagery in A Doll's House Imagery symbolically guides the process of self-emancipation for Nora, the protagonist of A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen. Objects like the macaroons, the lamp, the Christmas tree, and costumes represent the movement towards freedom of a woman who was a victim of society. Ibsen painted Nora as a youthful and lovely creature who was brought through life treated as a plaything by both her father and then her husband, Torvald. She must break society's unwritten laws.  Although the consequences of her actions are initially minor, they start her along the path towards crisis when she realizes her position and the injustice of it....   [tags: Dolls House essays] 653 words
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The Final Conversation in A Doll's House - The Final Conversation in A Doll's House The final scene of A Doll's House is one of the most famous and hotly debated moments in modern drama, endlessly argued about. I make no attempt here to account for all the complexities of this fascinating scene, but once again I'd like to offer some observations to fuel further discussion. Torvald's behaviour once he reads Krogstad's letter totally demolishes the illusion Nora has taken refuge in, and the lectures he delivers to Nora at the start of the scene remind us unmistakably of what a total social prig he is, determined to salvage what he can by deception and very angry at Nora for what she has done....   [tags: Dolls House essays] 1806 words
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Within a Doll's House - “A women’s place is in the kitchen” is believed by a majority of male Creekview students and most of the world’s male population. Within A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, Nora, the main character, saves her husband’s life by securing a loan to get the money to take a trip to Italy without his consent. In this time period, the1800s or later, it was unheard of to do something without the husband’s consent. This is similar to the views of the relationship between men and women in Antigone by Sophocles....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Henrik Ibsen] 1514 words
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The Lie in Ibsen's A Doll's House - The Lie in Ibsen's A Doll's House      An action or statement that may be considered a lie to some may, in fact, not be considered, a lie to others: it might simply be considered, omitted information. The lie might seem to have an evil intent when first heard, but the true intention behind it may have been for helpful purposes or for protection.  In Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, a lie was created to help and protect a loved one - yet it resulted in a catastrophic act.   The character Nora lives her life, in one sense, as a complete lie....   [tags: Dolls House essays Ibsen Essays]
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A Doll's House Essay - If drama is tension, then Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House must be an all-out war, with Ibsen taking on the role of a Realistic Period Patton. The play, first published in 1879, tells the story of Nora, a middle-aged house wife living in a society in which she has no rights or voice. However, with disregard to societal norms and the law, Nora forges her father’s signature to borrow money so that she and her family may go on a vacation that is responsible for saving her husband’s life. With Nora’s action unbeknownst to him, Nora’s husband, Torvald, fires the man from whom Nora loaned the money....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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The House of Bernarda Alba and A Doll's House - Federico Garcia Lorca's “The House of Bernarda Alba” and Henrik Ibsen's “A Doll's House” both protest against the confinement of women of their days. Although the Houses are set differently in Spain of 20th century and Norway of 19th century respectively, both the plays relate in illuminating their respective female protagonists, Adela and Nora, as they eventually develop a sense of individuality and self-expression, emerging as free individuals from repression. The authors’ attempts to do so allow the audience to gain an insight into the social norms that each protagonist was pitted against....   [tags: Feminism]
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A Doll's House and the House of Bernarda Alba - Federico Garcia Lorca's “The House of Bernarda Alba” and Henrik Ibsen's “A Doll's House” both protest against the confinement of women of their days. Although the Houses are set differently in Spain of 20th century and Norway of 19th century respectively, both the plays relate in illuminating their respective female protagonists, Adela and Nora, as they eventually develop a sense of individuality and self-expression and emerge as free individuals from repression. The authors’ attempts allow the reader audience to gain an insight into the social norms that each protagonist was pitted against....   [tags: Feminism, Literary Analysis]
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The Role of Realism in Ibsen's, A Doll's House - Is “A Doll’s House” simply another text in which the composer questions the ideals of his society. Or is it advocating the rights of women as individuals, perhaps a pioneer in feminist literature. One may argue that “A Doll’s House” is nothing more than a product of Henrik Ibsen’s examination of his contemporary society’s values and morals, specifically those of the bourgeois class. But Ibsen does more than simply reflect upon these values and morals, and rather uses the setting of a middleclass household for his social commentary, exploring the moral conflict within his characters and the dangers of deception....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, Literary Analysis] 727 words
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Symbolism in A Doll's House. by Henrik Ibsen - Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” a nineteenth century play successfully uses symbolism to express many characteristics of Helmer’s life, together with the way that the main character Nora feels towards her marriage at the end of the play. Ibsen’s use of symbolism to convey about the social setting, including the harsh male-controlled Danish society, seen mostly in Torvald in the play and the role of women, signified mostly in Nora. These symbols act as foretelling before the tragic events at the end of the play, as they show the problems which lead to the demise of the Helmer’s ‘perfect’ family life....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ] 1645 words
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Women's Roles in Antigone and A Doll's House - In the plays Antigone and A Doll's House, the playwrights discuss gender roles and how they relate to the characters in each individual play. Antigone, by Sophocles, follows a young girl who defies a law issued by King Creon against burying her brother, who fought against their town in the recent war. Creon orders her to be executed, but she ends up committing suicide. In A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen, a wife named Nora takes out a loan by herself, unacceptable for a woman during that time period, and tries to appease the lender who threatens to reveal her loan....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]
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Antingone and a Doll's House: a Mens Society - Would you think that one day men would no longer be the dominating gender in society, while women would be doing things thought unheard of before like working a career. In ancient Greece and pre-modern Norway authors began thinking up unthinkable situations for their times. These situations were based on questions very similar to these. These ideas were thought of as scary, fictional, and even comedic for their time. Gender roles in society are virtually thematic in the two stories A Dolls House and Antigone....   [tags: literary Analysis, Sophocles] 1352 words
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the Kruetzer Sonata, A Doll House, Seagull - The authors of the Realism era wrote most of their stories about everyday middle-class people. Many of the authors wanted to write a story that people could relate to, and make them feel like they were actually in their story. In Leo Tolstoy’s, “The Kruetzer Sonata”, Henrik Ibsen’s “A doll house,” and Anton Chekhov’s “Seagull,” all of the authors tell about the actions and choices that each person has in their lives is what will dictate how their lives will draw out. This in very many ways is something that real everyday middle-class people could relate to, and in doing so, hopefully they could take what they have read and apply it to their lives....   [tags: authors of the Realism Era] 618 words
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Easing Out the Ending of, A Doll's House - Groundbreaking themes were presented in Henrik Ibsen's play, A Doll's House. The play has shared an important message regarding feminism. It was released in the 1800's, during time when women were not taken seriously. This has made the work essential for humanity to observe and respond to. One of the most important aspects of Ibsen's play was the end, in which the main character, Nora Helmer leaves her husband. This was a shocking scene for unprepared audiences in theaters throughout the world. Divorce and separation from one's spouse and children was not proper to discuss in public because it was not looked highly on....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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A Rebellion in A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - Henrik Ibsen, a Norwegian author, lived during the Victorian era. A Doll’s House, originally written in Norwegian, tells the story of a woman living in Norway during the 1800’s who focuses on appearances rather than upholding morals or values. Ibsen revolutionizes social norms through the parallels in relationships. The Victorian era opposes romanticism with the new movement of realism. Realism emphasizes the imperfections of society, a key concern in Ibsen’s play. Ibsen transforms the roles of the genders and social classes in everyday life and their significance to society....   [tags: norwegian, victorian era, appearance]
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A Doll's House and Things Fall Apart - ... Without Mrs. Linden’s support, Nora would have to suffer alone. Nora gained strength to face her problems from Mrs. Linden’s encouragement. In society, friends play an important part in a person’s life especially when one is young, because “in these delicate times as a teenager, it is often that friends, more than family, will play a greater roll in your own emotional recovery” (Cadena). No matter what circumstances arise in life, they seem to appear smaller and less difficult when backed by friends....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, Chinua Achebe, story analysis]
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Things Fall Apart and A Doll's House - ... When a woman shames or dishonors her family, even if she had no control over what occurred, they feel no sense of regret when a woman is lost to them, such as in the case of Nneka. Men have made it so that women are easily abandoned if they aren’t the image of perfection lying at the heart of a culture. Some might argue that women have achieved equality in our modern world. They may believe that women are only suffering in third world countries, like in the novel Things Fall Apart, for example....   [tags: opression of women in literature]
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A Doll House, Trifles and Domestic Dependency - Looking over the course of time, women had overcome some abusive and intrusive periods in society to be heard and noticed as an equal to mankind. Woman have struggled for equal rights as early as the 1800’s, which in this time the role of the woman was franchised in every home, to be seen but not heard, to complete what were daily chores such as cleaning, cooking, sewing and motherhood,. Women were in a time warp, and were in need to speak out, be heard and not judged by their mother baring and homemaking skills....   [tags: Trifles Essays] 1995 words
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Henrik Ibsen's Play, A Doll's House - Women of the nineteenth century had no choice but to become dependent upon men. Husbands held all the authority over their wives and their property. Considering this dependency, women had to fight in order to obtain their own identity and to make their voices heard. This struggle for the individual rights of women can be found in one of Henrik Ibsen's play. Nora, a dynamic character in the play A Doll's House, undergoes three significant stages of character development. Nora transforms from a child-like character to recognizing herself as an individual and finally transforming into an emotionally strong woman who is able to live by her own discretion....   [tags: women of the nineteenth century, ] 939 words
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Symbolism in A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - Symbolism in A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen      A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen is perhaps one of the most hotly debated plays to come out of the 19th century.  The 19th century continued the process of the demystification that began with the Enlightenment.  Because of the discoveries of the Enlightenment, humans could no longer be sure about their place in the universe.  This, of course, had an impact on the theater.  The movement toward realism, which, like the 19th century in general, was an attempt to become more scientific.  Ibsen is considered by many as the father of realism, and one of the plays that belong to Ibsen's realism period is A Doll's House.  But the play would c...   [tags: Dolls House essays Henrik Ibsen ]
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The Awakening of Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House - The Awakening of Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House    The status of women in the 1800's, when A Doll's House was written, was that of a second-class citizen.  Women did not have the right to vote, own property, or make legal transactions.  The role of women was restricted to that of a housewife.          In A Doll's House, Ibsen does a wonderful job of presenting the character of Nora as person who goes though an awakening about her life.  In the beginning, she concerns herself only with being a perfect wife and mother according to the social norms of the time.  Later, she realizes that she cannot continue just being her husband's shadow.  Eventually, she decides that she has duties...   [tags: Dolls House essays Ibsen Feminism Papers]
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The Visit and A Doll’s House - One of mankind’s most primordial instincts is to attain power and authority. In the past, power was achieved through fear, but as humans progressed they created money, a symbol of power. Henrick Ibsen, the author of A Doll’s House, was born in 1828 to a rich family, but soon lost their social status as his family went bankrupt. Ibsen soon learned that money played a huge role in society, especially in Norway. On the other hand Dürrenmatt, author of The Visit, held a pessimistic vision of the post-war Europe and the general corruptibility of justice....   [tags: Motif, Novel Analysis]
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A Doll’s House and Antigone - Discuss the Concept of the sins of the father in relation to A Doll’s House and Antigone The concept of inherited sin is in the most read book in human history appearing in the first chapter of the Holy Bible where Adam and Eve; original man and woman eat fruit from the Tree of Knowledge and are expulsed from Paradise. This is the original sin all humans have inherited thus being born into a state of sin. This theme of inheriting evil from your parents is central in Sophocles’ 442 Bce Greek Tragedy Antigone as it caused the problems that befall Antigone and her sister Ismene as well as influencing Haemon’s actions....   [tags: Character Analysis, World Literature] 1126 words
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