The Practices of Dr. Rank In the play A Doll House, by Henrik Ibsen, the convention of marriage is examined and questioned for its lack of honesty. The play is set in the late 1800s, which provides the backdrop for the debate about roles of people in society. Ibsen uses the minor character, Dr. Rank, to help develop the theme of conflicts within society. This, in turn, creates connections with the plot. Dr. Rank's function in the play is to foreshadow, symbolize, and reflect upon the truth of life and society and to break down the barrier between appearance and reality.
The play demonstrates, through many of its characters, that there is a hidden side to everyone’s personality, which is often shown when two characters, that are close, interact. In addition, the play acts as a warning to restrain from dishonesty, so that we may not ruin the relationships that are in our lives, which is shown by Nora. The issue of gender inequality in the society and marriage during the 19th century is brought to issue in the play. It is shown that Nora and Torvald’s marriage is a façade and that they both are doll’s, created to... ... middle of paper ... ...have the power to do so. Henrik Ibsen effectively uses Nora and Torvald's characters to mock all the silly rules, expectations and boundaries society put on gender roles.
He also managed to create the new type of dramatical writing, at the same time staying true to the traditional idea of drama. The conventions used by the author in A Doll's House are reflected in the behaviors of the characters and in the manner of the author's writing. For example, characteristic for any drama are the action and the conflict. Due to the inner struggle, Nora appears not only lovable, but also “a vain, unloving egoist who abandons her family in a paroxysm of selfishness” (Templeton, 1989, p. 29). Henrik Ibsen includes the aspects of action and inaction in his play, and important are not only the phrases of the characters, but also what they do at the moment, which is identified by the author.
Henrik Ibsen was a nineteenth century playwright who pioneered realism in drama. He wrote during a time in which very specific gender roles dominated life, especially for women, who found themselves bound to their home and their husbands, lacking a voice of their own. The influence of that society is evident in Ibsen’s works, many of which sought to analyze and critique different aspects of it. Ibsen did not hold back with regard to challenging even the most widely accepted societal norms; this led to many of his plays becoming extremely controversial. Chief among those plays are A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler.
However, some resent him for his bluntly honest personality. Miller again illustrates the comple... ... middle of paper ... ...he Crucible, ethical characters adhere to their true beliefs and are not swayed by the influence of the court. During the hysteria in Salem, Proctor grows as a character, and eventually makes peace with himself. Miller scrutinizes the theme of ethical behavior in the play in order to draw a parallel with the hysteria during the era of McCarthyism. In America in the 1950s, it took a great deal of integrity to refute the accusations of communism against public figures.
Being a prevaricator seems very phony to Holden, as does living a hypocritical life. It seems very ironic that Holden despises the very things that also go on within his life. However, it is not surprising that Holden sees Allie as a representative for what he likes, simply because Allie is innocent. Stradlater and Ossenburger have lived their lives and have made decisions in which Holden does not agree with or like. When we juxtapose the characters together, we amass a good grasp on Holden’s psyche.
Later, it becomes obvious that he is a shallow, vain man, who is only concerned about his public reputation; he is too feeble to deliver on his promise to protect Nora from her burden. The Helmer marriage appears perfect and affectionate, but turns out to be based on lies, play-acting, incommensurate and an unequal relationship. Krogstad appears to be an acrimonious, vindictive and an extortionist but when he is reunited with his true love, Mrs. Linde, he becomes more considerate, compassionate and magnanimous. Mrs. Linde, who first assumes to us to be self-sufficient, but feels "empty" at a closer look, especially, now that she has no one to look after, Dr. Rank acts the role of friend to the duo of Torvald and Nora and visits the duo daily just
Gaskell's reference to 'not a cross lad' perhaps implies that Gregory is a calm person regardless to all of the neglect that his family is showing which is becoming more of a surprise to the narrator. Moreover Gaskell's uses of verbs are used to show that Gregory is proving that his family portrays him wrongly and t... ... middle of paper ... ...eople do not judge people correctly and risk being hurt by putting your trust in the wrong person. In conclusion to this comparison of Gaskell's 'The Half Brother' and Dickens's 'The Poor Relation', I have determined that both stories have the same structure and meaning. Gaskell and Dickens both create an atmosphere of injustice in the social world. Gaskell interprets this as misjudgement of people and Dickens shows that there are people in society that are misinterpreted and so results in a mistake in the social ladder.
Unknowingly the hero or heroine solves the problem at the end of the play and indirectly sends a message to the audience on how to solve their own problem. Henrik Ibsen and Anton Chekov both provide unique analysis on issues their culture never thought as wrong. In the play A Doll's House Ibsen tackles women's rights as a matter of importance being neglected. In his play he acknowledges the fact that in nineteenth century European life the role of the women was to stay home, raise the children, and attend to her husband. Chekov illustrates the role of a dysfunctional family and how its members are effected.
This change stems from the lack of constancy on Mr.Bingleys part. He lacks a strong character and is like clay, i.e. he is easily moulded by his peers. This can be seen in Mr.Darcey’s letter to Lizzie where he states-"But Mr.Bingley has a great natural modesty, with a stronger dependence on my judgement than on his own.- To convince him, therefore, that he had deceived himself was no very difficult point".. Jane Austen uses Mr.Bingley’s character to fully depict the fickleness and inconsistency of people who lack firm and strong character. This also serves another purpose, by making fun of such characters Ms.Austen can more fully compliment those who have firm morals, character, depth and consistence.