Oppression And Subjugation Of Women In A Doll's House

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Some say that life is what you make of it. Others are certain that destiny and fate are predetermined and push our actions to a specific outcome. The play A Doll’s House by

Henrik Ibsen discusses the suppression and subservience of women in Victorian society. As the

play oncludes Nora, the main character, comes to the realization that she has been betrayed and

objectified by the men she had spent her life with , and that her “happy” marriage has not been

what it seemed. Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House conveys the oppression and subjugation of

women in Victorian society through His use of literary devices, foreshadowing, and the title of

the play itself.

Firstly, one can observe the oppression of women during the Victorian period

through the
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And the children have been my dolls in their turn. I liked it when you came and

played with me, just as they liked it when I came and played with them. That's what our

marriage has been, Torvald” ( 98 ).As a result of this epiphany,Nora realizes that Torvald is

constantly trying to preserve his public image instead of focusing on their marriage, and that the

entirety of their life together has been nothing but a waste of time. Therefore, the title A Doll’s

House is is an extremely effective title for this text, for it effectively summarizes the treatment

Nora and women in general during the victorian age.

To conclude, Nora’s journey throughout the course of the play,

comes full circle. She encounters the paradox of happiness by discovering that happiness

is in the eye of the beholder, and depends upon perspective, and that she was not entirely

“happy” with Torvald because of her required obedience to him. Nora also

encountered the enigma of existence, because, in essence, she did not “exist” when she

was Torvald’s housewife because at that time she was who he wanted her to be.

Thus, by leaving Torvald, Nora is being “reborn”, and may Begin her true journey through

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