The Role Of Inauthentic Identity In A Doll's House

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A Doll 's House by Henrik Ibsen, is a play that was written ahead of its time. In this play Ibsen tackles women 's rights as a matter of importance. Throughout this time period it was neglected. A Doll 's House was written during the movement of Naturalism, which commonly reflected society. Ibsen acknowledges the fact that in 19th century life the role of the woman was to stay at home, raise the children and attend to her husband. Nora Helmer is the character in A Doll House who plays the 19th woman and is portrayed as a victim. Michael Meyers said of Henrik Ibsen 's plays: "The common denominator in many of Ibsen 's dramas is his interest in individuals struggling for and authentic identity in the face of tyrannical social conventions. This conflict often results in his characters ' being divided between a sense of duty to themselves and their responsibility to others."(1563) All of the aspects of this quote can be applied to the play A Doll House, in Nora Helmer 's character, who throughout much of the play is oppressed, presents an inauthentic identity to the…show more content…
Nora grows even stronger. It is complete and presented to the readers when Nora when she stands up to Torvald and does the opposite of what he wants. Nora tells Helmer at the end of the play that, "I have to try to educate myself. You can 't help me with that. I 've got to do it alone. And that 's why I 'm leaving you now" (1609). Nora tells Helmer, " . . . I 'm a human being, no less than you-or anyway, I ought to try to become one." (1609) She does not tolerate Torvald 's condescending tone or allow him to manipulate her any longer. Nora must follow her own convictions now and decide for herself what her life will be in the future. Her rebirth has led to her own independence. Another man will never again control her and she is now free of her controlling
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