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To Be or Not to Be People are often seen basing their lives off of society’s standards. Many writers criticizes the influence that society has over its members. The romantic novelist Jane Austen satirizes her society and those who follow it. One of her most famous works, Pride and Prejudice, is a great example of this satire. Throughout the novel she explores the effects of society through her characters.
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Henrik Ibsen effectively uses Nora and Torvald's characters to mock all the silly rules, expectations and boundaries society put on gender roles. Victorian society is portrayed as a cruel influence on the role of an individual that created a sequence of conventions and codes. The masculinity that Torvald shows in A Doll’s House is typical for men of the 19th century; it is necessary for men to be emphatic and firm when it comes to setting rules for the household. However near the end of the play Torvald’s masculinity becomes his weakness. Nora uses his masculinity against him, and breaks up the gender roles that society set down.