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A look at Nora’s transformation from beginning to end - Many human beings, in particular women, are always searching for the especial individual and do anything in order to get what they expect. Love is a crazy feeling in which the heart leads the way and sometimes we can consider those in love under a spell. The brain has no saying and common sense is lost against this so-called “feeling of love.” I will be discussing the play a “Doll’s house” by Ibsen and in particular the transformation that Nora undergoes throughout the play until she recognizes that she is not in love with Torvald....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Doll's House] 1429 words
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Essay on the Growth of Nora and Kristina Linde in Ibsen's A Doll's House - The Growth of Nora and Kristina Linde 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 prevailing social norms by presenting two strong-willed women. Both Kristina and Nora chose the men they married by an intellectual rather than an emotional process: Kristina gave up the man she loved (Nils Krogstad) to provide economic security for her mother and her two younger brothers; Nora married Torvald Helmer at a time when he could have prosecuted her father for financial activities which were wrong if not simply illegal.1 Whether she married him out of thankfulness or to influence him during the time of decision is...   [tags: Dolls House essays]
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Krogstad & Iago: Marital Destruction by Catalysis & Demagoguery - In describing the most important qualities of an ideal marriage, one would likely place an abundance of love, mutual support, trust, and honesty somewhere near the top of the list. Even in the best of unions, successfully cultivating these qualities requires mindfulness, yet malicious meddling by outside parties can erode these foundations. In “Othello,” William Shakespeare conjures up the destruction of a blissful marriage at the whims of the diabolical Iago. Similarly, in Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” a picture-perfect couple is torn apart by the ill-intentioned revelations of a desperate man, Nils Krogstad....   [tags: Othello, A Doll's House]
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freedol Nora’s Struggle For Freedom in Ibsen's A Doll's House - Nora’s Struggle For Freedom in A Doll's House In many cultures, a woman is expected to assume the role of the submissive, attentive wife. Often, a woman's role is limited by society to that of wife and mother. Henrik Ibsen, in his play A Doll's House examines the consequences of the stereotypical roles of women in marriage. Isben allows the reader to follow Nora, the main character, “along her difficult journey to regain her self-esteem and self worth”(Durbach 153). From the very first lines of the play, we notice the status quo between Torvald and Nora....   [tags: Dolls House essays]
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Restrictive Societal Roles of Women - Henrik Ibsen once said, “The strongest man in the world is the one who stands above it.” Most notably it has been clear that women have been considered to be the inferior race in a male dominated society due to the male obsession to hold a powerful and respectful position in the social ladder. For many advocates of the humanism theory this common way of thought was considered to be a violation of what was believed to be an evolutionary right of individuals to grow and develop in a positive manner....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House]
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Nora Helme: Transgression towards Realization - The mid-nineteenth century also referred to as the “Victorian Age, taking from the name of England's Queen Victoria who ruled for over 60 years” (Radek) revealed that women were faced with many adversities that appeared to have delayed their true aptitudes. During this time period, women were also required to conform to the divine command of men and must find a husband or she would be derided by the social order. In the same way, women were also not allowed to follow a profession. Nevertheless, as time progress, women have experienced “realization”....   [tags: Ibsen's The Doll's House]
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Role Playing and Control in A Doll’s House - This essay will explore the issue of roles, or game playing, in A Doll’s House. This concept is one key to approaching the play, and particularly Nora's role. Let me further make the observation that one crucial factor in the roles Nora plays is that she needs to be in control, to take the lead role, as it were, using other people either as supporting actors or audience and that she writes her own script. This notion helps me to deal with a question which frequently arises here: How can one woman make so many unexpected transitions....   [tags: Dolls House essays] 1872 words
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Social Class Within Great Expectations, The Doll's House, and Society - Social Class Within Great Expectations, The Doll's House, and Society Society has evolved over the years in many ways. Including advances in technology, and enriched education . Within the novel Great Expectations, there is a strong contrast between the rich and the poor. Similarly, in the short story, The Doll's House, the 'lower class' or poor children were displaced amongst the rest and were avoided. Although society has progressed in other ways, social class injustice is still present today....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essays] 716 words
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Comparing Shakespeare's King Lear with Henrick Ibsen's Doll House - Women in most cultures have been designated as second to men and in some instances, considered below male children as well. With the passage of time women gained respect and the right for equality. Although gender discrimination remains, a lot of progress has been achieved. Literature is a one of the facets of the human race that reflects the culture change of people. William Shakespeare’s King Lear portrays the patriarchal system of the Renaissance era, which leaves women completely dependent on the male head of household....   [tags: story, gender subordination analysis]
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Comparing A Doll House, by Henrik Ibsen and Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen - The feminist Lois Wyse once stated, “Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths.” Women should express remorse for their strengths, when men should feel guilt when exposing their weaknesses. Wyse believed that women should have been able to show their strengths in their oppressive societies instead of covering them up. The 19th century setting in the two plays, A Doll House and Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, caused much grief in both Nora and Hedda. They both lived in Europe during the 1800’s where males dominated the way society ran....   [tags: compare contrast essays] 1659 words
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Critical Attitude Toward Marriage and Duty in the Play, A Doll's House by Henrick Ibsen - ... Linden, we know Nora believes her husband will sacrifice himself for her and she will do the same to her husband too. This is the reason why Nora says there is no hope for them because Nora believes a married couple is willing sacrifice for each other in order to make sure the other partner is safe in a true marriage. Only one of them can stay alive. However, Torvald’s selfish reaction when he is put to test makes Nora lose her faith in their marriage. Moreover, the conversation between Nora and Mrs....   [tags: controversial, faith, perspective] 980 words
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Difficult Life for Woman in the Victorian Era in A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen - ... She went along with whatever her husband told her, and if she told her opinion, Torvald would get mad. Nora also struggled with money. When Torvald got sick, the doctor told them they needed money for a trip to Italy. It was hard for Nora to figure out a way to get money because it was illegal for women to get a loan. She had to go to Krogstad to get the money and forge the signature because she knew her dad wouldn’t let her get a loan because she was a woman. This caused her to have to cover up the lie from her husband....   [tags: equal, wedlock, money]
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A Doll's House: The Analysis of Nora and Her Case of Leaving Her Family. - In Henrik Ibesen's play A Doll House, Nora Helmer struggles with telling her husband, Torvald Helmer, the truth about a loan she receives for them to go to Italy when he was sick. Consequently, when Torvald learns of the news he instantly insults Nora and declares that she has "ruined [his] happiness" (Ibesen 93). However, when Torvald tries to dismiss his insults after receiving a note that her contract was revoked, she does not accept his apologizes and decides to leave Torvald and her children to "make sense of [her]self and everything around [her]" (Ibesen 100)....   [tags: Literature, Gender Studies]
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The Road to Nora Helmers Dissilusionment in Henry Ibsen´s Play the Doll House - Henry Ibsen's play "The doll house" portrays many of the marriages in that time. Not only was it frowned upon for these marital problems to be talked about it was unheard of. The husbands and wives of this era were putting on an act of a perfect and happy marriage no matter the circumstances. This in itself showcases that disillusionment is inevitable and to come to the realization that something is not the way you thought it was can be one of the most difficult, yet liberating things to happen in an individuals life....   [tags: disillusion, realization, marriage] 697 words
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Portrayal of Gender Roles in the 19th Century in Ibsen's A Doll's House - “A Doll’s House” gives the reader a firsthand view at how gender roles affected the characters actions and interactions throughout the play. The play helps to portray the different struggles women faced during the 19th century with gender roles, and how the roles affected their relationships with men as well as society. It also helps to show the luxury of being a male during this time and how their higher status socially over women affected their relationships with woman and others during this time period....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism] 915 words
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Women Sacrifices in The Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen and The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Women granted the right to vote in 1920 with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment of the United states. Women had a long road of suffrage before gaining their rights as human and the same equality as men. Literature before the 19th century reflects upon the treatment towards women at the time. Male superiority caused women to make many sacrifices by not being able to purse they own ambitions , careers and identity. For example, in the play “ The Doll's House” by Henrik Ibsen, the marriage of Torvald and Nora Helmer was unstable because of the gender inequality....   [tags: equality, suffrage, punishment]
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Pressure to Conform in Miller’s Death of A Salesman and Ibsen’s A Doll House - Pressure to conform to the societal norms of a culture can often be so weighty that those who balk against it are likely to be crushed. Usually the world wins in a very few cases though, the individual comes out the victor, beating the odds, a stronger human being as a result. In the case of Arthur Miller’s Death of A Salesman, the world devours Willy Loman in his search for the American Dream. It broke him down and eventually destroyed him. Nora Helmer, of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House, was also consumed by the world, but after being broken, fought her way free and defeated society’s expectations of her....   [tags: compare contrast essays]
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Themes of Appearance, Reality, and Deception in "A Doll's House" and "Roman Fever" - Life of the 19th century differs little to life as we have accustomed to in the 21st century. Edith Wharton and Henrik Ibsen both capture how, when love and rivalry intertwines with friendship, it breeds deception. When one is trapped in a loveless marriage, production of appearances that are not reality is inevitable. The themes of appearance and reality, deception, and women in the 19th century all present themselves in a highly relatable manner in the play A Doll’s House and the story “Roman Fever.” Henrik Ibsen portrays appearance versus reality within every character in the play....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Henrich Ibsen and Feminism - On May 26th, 1898, Henrich Ibsen attended a banquet held by the Woman’s Rights League. At the banquet, a toast was made to him as having had worked for the woman’s right movement. The women had taken his works, most notably A Doll’s House, as being a feminist play. Ibsen, however, denounced the toast as not accurately describing his purpose. I thank you for the toast, but must disclaim the honor of having consciously worked for Woman’s Rights movement….. True enough, it is desirable to solve the woman problem….but my task has been the description of humanity....   [tags: A Doll's House, theme analysis] 585 words
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A Doll’s House - Nora - Nora is the central character in the book A Doll’s House and it is through her that Ibsen develops many of his themes To what extent is loyalty shown by the lead female characters characters. What are the consequences of this. Within these two books loyalty is a minor theme and one that is easily missed, indeed it is narrow. However, it is still one which weaves a thread through both of the books encompassing major and minor characters, the material and the abstract. In commencing this discussion one must first refer to the definition of the word “loyalty”; the quality of being loyal....   [tags: English Literature] 1505 words
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Society's Expectations: In the Play The Doll´s House - ... With Nora to be out a “spendthrift”, it looks bad on him. In the time setting, women were held to expectations from society to be submissive to their husbands, but Nora and Kristine were anything but such. Nora found ways to manipulate all three men, Krogstad, Torvald, and doctor Rank. When Nora went behind Torvald to borrow the money from the bank, her intentions were selfless, she wanted to help her husband get better. In her efforts to do so, she was “blackmailed and confiding secrets to others with Torvald just a room away, which makes the tension rocket (Benedict)”....   [tags: character, treat, react, selfish]
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Unfair Treatment of Women in Antigone and A Doll’s House - From the times of Ancient Greece, women have been questioning their unequal role in society. According to an unknown source “Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge.” Unfortunately, this unfair treatment of women still exists today. In the business world, men continue to make 20% more money on average than a woman in the exact same position. But this unfair treatment goes beyond just the workforce as displayed in the plays Antigone by Sophocles and A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]
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Gender Roles in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House - Henrik Ibsen’s famous play A Doll’s House was first published in 1879 and contains elements and characters that appear to support feminism, and drew attention from the women’s rights movement. However, Ibsen himself said that he was not a feminist; rather, his play is about the human nature in general, and is not specifically about women’s rights. Over the years, this was the view that most scholars used to interpret the play, but more recently scholars have produced an opposing argument. Margaret Stetz, one such scholar, writes that “To call Ibsen a feminist playwright or to describe A Doll’s House as a drama in favor of women’s rights is no longer controversial” (150)....   [tags: gender, nature, feminism, self, discovery]
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Powerful Women in Antigone and A Doll’s House - The music group, Aqua, once sang in their song, “Barbie Girl,” “I’m a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world. Life in plastic, it’s fantastic.” Aqua’s lyrics symbolize the role women had to play in the 18th century. Women were expected to perform like perfect human beings, and put a smile on their faces regardless of the situation. They were expected to follow the rules at all times and submit to men in an instance. Antigone, written by Sophocles, and A Doll’s House, written by Henrik Ibsen, demonstrate the interaction and roles with men and women during the 18th century....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]
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Parallels between A Doll’s House and The Awakening - ... Nora is treated like a child by Torvald, but she is accustomed to it and believes he loves her dearly. However, an important component of a successful and true marriage is trust, which is lacking in the Helmers’ marriage. Nora keeps a secret from Torvald while he is reluctant to trust her with money, let alone his reputation (Ibsen 2, 3, 13). When Torvald discovers that Nora has kept a secret from him, he is furious and takes away her right to raise the children without a second thought (Ibsen 83)....   [tags: Nora Helmer, Edna Pontellier]
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Male Roles in the Plays Antigone and A Doll’s House - “Remember we are women, we’re not born to contend with men” (Sophocles, 18). The popular literary works, Antigone and A Doll’s House, written by Sophocles and Ibsen, are two famous tragedies that have been performed and read throughout the decades. Although countless audiences have been entertained by these well written plays, few would care to guess that many lessons and several unfortunate truths can be found with a less than tedious inspection of the characters and the reactions they give to their circumstances....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]
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The Marxist Interpretation of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen - “A principal tenet of Marxist criticism is that human consciousness is a product of social conditions and that human relationships are often subverted by and through economic considerations.”(Witham and Lutterbie) A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, can be interpreted and critiqued in many different ways. One of these ways is the Marxist approach. This way of thinking can basically be summed up by saying this: Money changes people’s thinking and actions. The main characters in A Doll’s House are all affected by this idea and it makes the acquisition of money and a higher social status the most important thing to them....   [tags: class, money, debt]
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Commentary of Henrik Ibsen´s A Doll´s House - When a child’s favorite toy is broken, the child is usually overcome by emotion and unable to function. When that child becomes an adult, the proverbial toy is the social life of that adult and, as with the toy, the adult is protective over it and tries to keep it from breaking. It is no mistake that Henrik Ibsen titled his play A Doll’s House, the toy house being a symbol for the carefully constructed and maintained social structures of adults. By the end of the play, the toy is all but smashed, as typical gender roles are destroyed by a revolutionary woman named Nora....   [tags: Victorian, Women, Society]
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An analysis of A Doll’s House main theme: Independence - ... Torvald believes Nora lacks an understanding of money and debts, yet Nora shows initiative, independence and an ability to govern her own money when she procures it from Krogstad. Although Nora is secretive about the crime she committed, which is forging her father’s name in order to borrow money; she does it to save her husband. During Act I when Nora is speaking to Mrs. Linde about someday revealing to Torvald about the secret loan Nora exclaims: “One day I might, yes. Many years from now, when I’ve lost my looks a little....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, Nora Helmer, literary analysis]
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Role of Women in A Doll´s House and Blood Relations - The role of women had been defined for centuries as whatever men desired them to be. It was not until the 20th century that women united to become independent from men and dependent on themselves. A Doll’s House by Henrick Isben and Blood Relations by Sharon Pollock are both plays that have a central theme of a woman’s role in the late 1800s. Regardless of what the 19th century society dictated about men being in charge of women; Nora and Lizzie used their roles as submissive women to their advantage to acquire what they truly desired....   [tags: Henrick Isben, Sharon Pollock, patriarchal society]
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Limitations on Women in A Doll’s House and Antigone - A recent study reported that 6.7% of the top earners of Fortune 500 Companies are women. This number can seem low and discouraging to modern eyes. However, this statistic would probably seem an unimaginable leap forward through the eyes of female characters in historical fiction. Henrik Ibsen, the author of A Doll’s House, offers a glimpse into the restrictions on women in the 1880’s, when the book was written. These include limited opportunities for expression, personal fulfillment, and free will in a male-dominated society....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]
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Subjection of Women in Wuthering Heights and A Doll’s House - A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, and Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë, were both published in the nineteenth century, when the campaign for women’s rights was starting to make an appearance. In 1755, Corsica allowed women’s suffrage, until 1769, when it was taken over by France. This started the ball rolling towards universal suffrage for women. This play and story serve as the last remnants of a time in the western world when women had very few, if any, rights. Edvard Beyer, a Norwegian literary critic, commented about ‘new nobility’ under the government that could have resulted partially from works such as A Doll’s House: ‘I am obviously not thinking of a nobility of birth… I am thinking...   [tags: Literature Feminism]
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The Roles of Women in A Doll’s House and Antigone - “R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Find out what it means to me,” (Respect, Aretha Franklin), shows how women want respect even though they are thought as inferior in society. In both plays, Antigone by Sophocles and A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, the women are put into unusual situations. Antigone is a strong-willed, young woman who has to choose between man’s laws and God’s laws when it comes to burying her deceased brother, Polynices. She, of course, chooses to bury her brother going against Creon, and is therefore sentenced to death....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]
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“A Doll’s House”: Nora and Torvald as Husband and Wife - In “A Doll’s House,” Ibsen presents us with the drama of Torvald and Nora Helmer, a husband and wife who have been married for eight years and whose lives are controlled by the society in which they live. Their relationship, although seemingly happy, is marred by the constraints of social attitudes around them and their perceived gender roles. Creating even more conflict is the thin veil of deceit between them, which inevitably breaks them apart. In the Victorian era, the status of women in society was extremely oppressive and, by modern standards, atrocious....   [tags: Women's Studies]
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Deception of Family in Death of a Salesman and A Doll’s House - Arthur Miller's classic American play, Death of a Salesman and Henrik Ibsen’s classic play A Doll’s House, expose dysfunctional families and behaviors. In these plays, the themes of innocence, guilt and of truth and are considered through the eyes of deception. Both plays tell us that most of us choose to play roles and deceive, not only those immediately, but distantly around us. In Death of a Salesman the father passes deception to his boys the next generation. A Doll’s House Shows deception in a whole different way....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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An Analysis of a Woman’s Manhood in A Doll’s House - In society, an ideal man is perceived as the bread winner who guides his family to victory or survival; his wife on the other hand stands by his side to see the family part. The qualities of a man consist of great character to the action he takes for his family to achieve greatness. On the other hand women’s qualities are ordinary gentile, caring, and meant to endure through everything to protect the ones they love. Although these two qualities pose a contradiction, this does not mean the traits of a man and a woman could not ever intertwine....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Taking Sides: An Analysis of A Doll’s House - ... Her husband does not encourage her to think on her own either. He is constantly exercising his “patriarchal power” by reminding her that he is her wife and mother. In the end, Langas believes that the constant pressure was the cause of her leaving the household because it was what she felt in her heart to be right to do. In that final act when everything is exposed, Nora seems to have a clearer understanding of the whole situation rather than Torvald did. He saw it as an illegal act of forgery while she saw it more as a brave, heroic attempt....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, Nora]
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The Subjection of Women Exposed in A Doll’s House - A man, intoxicated and impoverished, lay on the dirty streets of patriarchal Norway, and as the jeering citizens sauntered by, they could have never guessed that this man, Henrik Ibsen, would be the Prometheus of women’s rights and the creator of the modern play. Having been born in 1828, Ibsen lived through various examples of the subjection of women within the law, such as Great Britain allowing men to lock up and beat their wives “in moderation” (Bray 33). Therefore, Ibsen was known for his realistic style of writing within both poetry and plays, which usually dealt with everyday situations and people (31)....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen]
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An Analysis of a Woman’s Manhood in A Doll’s House - Youth is something that is always taken for granted until death takes a toll. There are those who have either fulfilled their life goals or the ones who lived a passive life truly regret everything on their death beds. Growing up and maturing goes hand in hand. A master plot seen in Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House is maturation. Maturation is when the Protagonist faces a problem that is part of growing up, and from dealing with it, emerging into a state of adulthood. The protagonist Nora is developed throughout the play from an ignorant child to a strong willed “man” on a quest for knowledge....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Non-Traditional Relationships in The Storm and A Doll´s House - Many stories talk about relationships, especially the ones between man and woman as couple. In some of them, generally the most popular ones, these relationships are presented in a rosy, sentimental and cliché way. In others, they are presented using a much deeper, realistic and complicated tone; much more of how they are in real life. But not matter in what style the author presents its work, the base of every love story is the role each member of that relationship assumes in it. A role, that sometimes, internal forces will determinate them, such as: ideas, beliefs, interests, etc....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, Kate Chopin] 1731 words
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Antigone and A Doll’s House feminine comparison - “The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, ‘It's a girl.’” (Chisholm). Where do women fit in the social order of society today. Many women today fit in the same role as they would have been expected to long ago. Though generally speaking, women have a lot more options today. The male hierarchy still governs most aspects of society, but with many more limitations because women are discovering that they can stand on their own, and have no need for constant regulating from their male counterparts....   [tags: Gender Roles, Women] 2038 words
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Antigone and a Doll’s House: Women in Patriarchal Societies - ”Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall of the edge”(Kramarae, Treichler). This notion is exemplified through both novels, Antigone by Sophocles, and A Doll’s House by Leo Tolstoy. Both novels provide a different look at women, with the two main characters showing qualities that weren’t common in this era such as determination, intelligence, rebellion, hubris, and stubbornness. In both novels, Antigone and Nora show extraordinary determination and courage despite society’s attempts to suppress them....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Sophocles] 1217 words
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Marxism in A Doll´s House by Henrik Ibsen - A remarkable trait in which literature embodies is the ability to capture and preserve cultural and societal beliefs. One may read a literary work published in the 1800’s and observe how society has evolved since then, or in contrast observe how society has digressed since then. Regardless of the genre and content, one may still infer when the piece was produced based on the diction and syntax of said piece. This is possible because literature is essentially written picture- it is a time machine for your conscience, a window to the past....   [tags: Literature, Themes]
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Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House - ... For example, Nora was speaking with Mrs. Linde that she obtained much needed money without consulting with Torvald first, as she lied to him saying it was given to them by her father. Mrs. Linde replied saying “a wife should not borrow without her husband’s consent” (Ibsen 88), meaning she had fallen into the belief that women are below men, which Ibsen is proved to be false in this play. As a proponent of the woman as an individual, Ibsen used symbolism, amplification, and motifs to express his views....   [tags: binary opposition, phylogeny, misogyny]
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The Function of Different Settings in A Doll's House and Twelfth Night - The Function of Different Settings in A Doll's House and Twelfth Night The setting comparison and deliberation in this essay is between Henric Ibsen's "A Doll's House" and William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night". "A Doll's House" deals with the social life and duty, the woman's proper place and role within the family and the society. "Twelfth Night" is about illusion, deception, disguises, madness, and the extraordinary things that love will cause us to do and to see. The plot of the "Twelfth Night" takes place in Illyria, the unreal, fairy-land, the land of illusions and dreams....   [tags: Papers] 603 words
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A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen and The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - In the books A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen and The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, the main characters have similar circumstances they experienced in their story. Nora Helmer, the main character in A Doll’s House, is the well-known wife of Torvald Helmer. Nora is protected from living her life and guided by her husband making decisions for her as if she was a doll. She often overlooks the reality of her life with the wealth and materialistic things her husband provides. She is highly intelligent, but rarely thinks for herself....   [tags: Comparing Literature, Character Analysis] 1135 words
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The Detrimental Nature of a Love for Money in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House - Humans are the only species who have to pay to live on planet Earth; no other species has to worry about a paying off house mortgage or paying water bills. Even the New Testament in the Bible states that “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” In Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, Nora Helmer’s excessive love of money is a quintessential example of one of many social issues that was present in the mid-nineteenth century and is still present in today’s modern society. In addition, the actions of Torvald Helmer, Nora’s husband, toward his wife represent the attitude that men possessed towards women in the male-dominated society of the mid-nineteenth century....   [tags: spending, forgery , society] 746 words
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