And it is a conflict in their relationship, once Ewan said that Dorothy only married him for his mother, but he said it only half joking. He clearly resents his mother for his childhood; he doesn’t even believe she loves him. While Dorothy never can understand Ewan and thinks that everything Lily does is brilliant, both in art and in lifestyle. Once she got children of her own, Dorothy got even more envious of Lily’s way of living. She hated the domesticated life, standing by the usual gender roles of that the mother stays home and takes care of her children while the man is out working.
However, some of the ideas that are portrayed in these works aren't ideas readers should assume to be true or good. The first of these is the theory that husbands will most likely treat their wives as inferiors after they are married. In A Doll's House, Torvald is blatantly condescending to Nora. He calls her his ³little squirrel² or ³little skylark² and requires her to ³do tricks² to please him. In addition, he treats her like a child, a ³feather head² who can't understand anything important.
Instead, she was “put up on a shelf, like a doll”, by her own father. Nora was treated as a special child. Torvald tells Nora many times, she has inherited her negative traits from her father, as if he is justifying why he calls he names and treats her as a doll ,and sometimes a child too. The male characters in “A Doll’s House” play the typical roles of their gender that society upholds them too. The way in which Torvald speaks to Nora, calling her his “little squirrel”, or his “skylark”, and nonchalantly telling her she spends too much of his money, is based on his expectations of her being responsible.
The main characters Nora and Torvald pretend to be someone who there are not to please others around them. In the early 19th century society rules where a woman was suppose to be a trophy wife and please a man in any way he asked and the man works and provides for his family and if you disobeyed the society rules you were inhuman like since society was created by humans. Sick and tired of living by society rules Nora decides to make her own rules and leave her husband despite how society would view her. While reading A Doll House, I realized that Nora was treated as a child/doll mostly by her husband Torvald. Throughout the play he would treat her as he was her father rather than her husband.
Aunt Jennifer lives under the restraints of her husband, and the main character in “Barbie Doll” lives under the restraints of society’s expectations. The reader can first see this as Aunt Jennifer is doing her needle work: “The massive weight of Uncle’s wedding band / Sits heavily upon Aunt Jennifer’s hand” (7-8). From this the reader can gather that Aunt Jennifer is being held back by her husband in one way or another. The reader knows that the “girlchild” (1) in “Barbie Doll” is powerless because society completely disproves of her appearance, making her feel inferior. The tigers Aunt Jennifer is creating are described as “proud and unafraid” (12), which is the exact opposite of Aunt Jennifer.
-rather as if you've been up to mischief today' ( 151). Calling his wife names such as 'skylark,' 'squirrel,' and 'spendthrift,' Torvald does not love his wife with the respect and sensitivity a man should. The main area where Torvald showed his lack of love for Nora was in the way he managed his house. Torvald was the owner of what he believed to be a perfect doll house. This doll house was first controlled by Nora's domineering father, and once Nora entered marriage, the titles and deeds to this doll house were handed over to Torvald.
In the short story Cradle Hold by David Klass, a very young boy named Duke possesses many feminine qualities, such as preferring dolls over guns or books over the outdoors. Duke’s father Harry is very uncomfortable about this. He tries everything he can think of to change his son, But nothing works. Eventually Duke gets a girlfriend. Harry is very happy but far from pleased.
Each of these names show Torvald’s incredible lack of respect for Nora and creates a sense that Nora is less of a wife and more of pet, toy, or doll to Torvald. On page 2, Torvald takes Nora “playfully by the ear,” again demonstrating the relation... ... middle of paper ... ...ss. She does what she deems best and leaves her husband and kids. In A Doll’s House, the characters are simplified into childish representations that are motivated only by self-interest; George Orwell would be proud. The metaphor of a doll house is effective in Ibsen’s satire of the typical European marriage of the 19th century.
Cisneros describes that even women who must understand each other’s feelings since they go through the same struggle of marriage and raising kids are oblivious to the fact that children are also encouraged to grow up in a way that portrays women being inferior to men. She writing through Esperanza's point of view as “The boys and girls live in separate worlds.[...] My brothers for example. They’ve got plenty to say to me and Nenny inside the house. But outside they can't be seen talking [to us].”(8) Cisneros says boys and girls grow up separately, they have a different set of rules they have to follow, and naturally, girls follow the harder ones.
(Bosch, 2009, p.183). Later on he is ignored completely by his parents when they rediscover love for each other, leaving Max-Earnest to care for his new baby brother. ‘Every child knows what it’s like to be Cinderella because all children feel unappreciated at times and want to be special.’ (Smith, 2007. P.6). While it is unlikely that most parents would abuse their children in the same way as in our fairy stories, or lock them in the cupboard under the stairs like Harry Potter, every child knows what it is like to be ignored, or (in their eyes) unfairly punished for something.