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...ild-wife devolves into that of a desperate woman to preserve the illusion of the perfect home. In order for Nora to preserve her sanity she was essentially forced to break free of the stereotypical 19th century familial constraints. Henrik Ibsen’s play, A Doll’s House, depicts the entrapment of an average housewife and the societal pressures placed upon her. The play displays her gradual descent into what would be deemed “madness” in that specific time period. Ibsen illustrates Nora’s fall from societal grace as a result of her desire to represent herself as an individual, and to no longer be inhibited by the social norms placed upon her. Nora’s oppression spurred on by Torvald, society and herself resulted in the complete degradation of her character that destroyed all semblance of the illusion of her perfect family and her enforced 19th century housewife identity.
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