A Doll House By Henrick Isben

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When reading literature some people prefer to read drama. Drama in literature allows the reader to connect and be a part of something by using emotion, which is why drama is intriguing. Henrick Isben draws the reader in during his play, “A Doll House” by the use of his belittle female and respected male characters. The play reveals the struggle of a woman facing the expectations of a male’s assumptions of how women were in the 1800’s. Some might argue that Isben is a feminist by way he portrays his feminine characters throughout his plays, and others may argue that Isben was not interested in women’s freedom at all. Throughout “A Doll House” Isben not only favors feminism, but also discusses the topic of masculinity by gender roles of both female and male characters. Both male and female characters in “A Doll House” are confined to a specific gender role, which suggests that during the 1800’s men and women were not able to express themselves in the sense that men were the hard working ones and the women were the typical non-assertive housewives who cook and clean. Men and women in the 1800’s both were confined to specific roles in and outside of the household. However, rarely in the 1800’s did Victorian men and women share the same responsibilities. If they did, you may have seen the “women working alongside husbands and brothers in the family business” (Hughes, “Gender roles in the 19th century”). This makes women seem as if they are compared to men as “physically weaker” during the times period of the Victorian era (Hughes, gender roles in 19 century”). Also, this demonstrates how women supported men and built them up so that men could fully use all of their capabilities to be successful at their jobs. Without this supporting... ... middle of paper ... ... world of private attachments must remain separate from business dealings” (Lee 6). In the Victorian era men who were classified as higher up in the workforce would only talk with those who shared the same title as them. Also, this demonstrates that men in the 1800’s cared more about their career than their personal relationships outside of work. In the end of the play Nora wishes for her husband to save her as she saved him, but Torvald becomes selfish and “incapable of taking the blame for what she has done” (McFarlane 16). This suggests that Torvald, just like the men in the Victorian era, only care about his reputation rather than the wife’s. However, men just like women were not able to express themselves during this time period, which may clear up the fact that men acted the way they did, being that they were confined to the role of putting work before family.

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