In a time when women were known for being helpless and dependent upon men, Nora did the unthinkable. Nora initially seemed like a playful, naïve child who lacked knowledge of the world around her. Nora’s secretive actions of rebellion, towards her husband, seemed to indicate that she was not as innocent or happy as she appeared. For instance, in the beginning of the play, Torvald, Nora’s husband, falls ill. Nora, unbeknownst to her husband, decided to take out a loan from Krogstad. The needs of her family provoked her defiant actions.
Is Hamlet crazy? I personally don't feel that Hamlet is crazy. I think that because the Queen didn't want to face her past with her first "true" husband, she labelled Hamlet as someone that is "mentally ill, or mad." When we had the discussion of what do we think about the topic of your parents paid one of your friends to talk to you to see if you're okay, I think we also covered some good points to defend both sides of the arguement. On one hand people were saying that what the Queen did was wrong because she shouldn't have someone to talk to her son but that she should do it for herself.
Unfortunately she made the mistake of borrowing it and forging her father's signature. This is the secret that she hides all through the play from her husband. Nora believes Helmer will try to take the blame for what she has done. She thinks he will keep being the man that takes charge and fixes all problems that may come about. What she doesn't realize at this point is that Helmer does not truly care for her the way she has brought herself to believe throughout the years of their marriage.
“Women were forced to be dependent on their husband’s for financial support” (Cruea 2). This was unfair, being a victim of discrimination and feeling forced to rely on your husband to meet financial need should have been sociably unacceptable. However, it wasn’t in this time period. “A Doll’s House” tells how Nora was left to take care of the financial responsibilities while Torvald was sick, and this situation led on to cause many problems in their marriage. Nora was unsure how to get money in this situation, made a deceitful decision, and hid it from her husband.
A wife hasn't a right to save her husband's life? I don't know much about laws, but I'm sure that somewhere in the books these things are allowed." Nora simply does not understand the ways of the world, and the final realization that she is in real danger of risking hers and her husband's reputation, and worse, makes her snap out of the childish dream she had been living. Kristine, Nora's childhood friend, is the wisdom and support Nora needs to grow up. Kristine is a woman who has been in the real world, unlike other wives of Torvald's friends.
She does this secretly so her husband does not find out (being a perfectionist and upstanding citizen he does not approve of being in debt). While the play often shows the contrast between Nora’s life and Krogstad’s and Nora’s apparent lack of empathy towards Krogstad she does actually empathize with him at times. In Act III Nora meets with Krogstad and discusses her options, few and far between though they were. Though neither of them name it, suicide is discussed and quickly shot down by Krogstad who had found himself in similar position to hers once (Ibsen, 1757). This marks one of the many occasions where Nora sees someone outside of her own troubles.
As a result, females were unable to have their writings to be successful under their name in the world of literature, while men have long been the ones who had their literature taken seriously. It was an obstacle for women to get recognition: “the publicity in women is detestable. Anonymity runs in their blood” (Woolf 367). This demonstrates that it was likely that many works written by women are either published under a man’s name or anonymously in order to have their work read and acknowledged. This displays that despite having the gift for literature, women struggled to find their writings to be given the praises they deserve.
In the end, Nora's husband, Torvald, finds out about the loan and Nora ends up leaving him. In each of these plays, Sophocles and Ibsen offer insight into the problems faced by women who are independent, stubborn, and brave. In each of these plays, the protagonist is a woman who has a very independent mindset, but is limited by society in how much she is able to do for herself. For example, after Antigone buries Polynices, she tries to defend what she did to Creon. However, he refuses to listen to her because he doesn’t want to seem like he would listen to a woman (Sophocles 37).
Macbeth rejects conformation to traditional gender roles in its portrayal of Lady Macbeth’s relationship with her husband, her morals and their effect on her actions, and her hunger for power. Her regard for Macbeth is one of low respect and beratement, an uncommon and most likely socially unacceptable attitude for a wife to have towards her spouse at the time. She often ignores morality and acts for the benefit of her husband, and subsequently herself. She is also very power-hungry and lets nothing stand in the way of her success. Lady Macbeth was a character which challenged expectations of women and feminism when it was written in the seventeenth century.
Equality in society seems like an unattainable goal, Leslie Bennetts an editor of Vanity Fair, writes “A Mother’s Day Kiss- Off” about the inequality within marriages and how it can lead to gaps in relationships. She is resentful for the out dated strict gender roles that still places women as being the sole caretaker of household responsibilities. While modern day women have full time jobs too, the lack of help coming from spouses combined with their demanding jobs makes the juggling act very difficult. An advocate of her statements is a novelist and writer of “The Myth of Co-Parenting: How It Was Supposed To Be. How It Was.” Hope Edelman.