The Role Of Men And Women In A Doll's House

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The play, A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen was written during the time where society had a major impact and was reflected on the most. During the 19th century, the role of men and women became sharply defined than at any time in history. The role of a woman was staying at home and tending to her children and her husband. Nora Helmer and Torvald Helmer are introduced to be the main characters and the victims of the social pressures that define the perfect man and the perfect woman. Throughout the play, we see the relationship between Nora and Torvald going from childish, to desperation and finally ending with a sense of reality. Torvald and Nora become victims of social pressures that define the perfect man and the perfect women not because of everything that went wrong in their relationship, but because Nora realizes she no longer wants to play “doll” with her husband, the “controller”. Nora Helmer keeps a big secret from her husband, Torvald and she fears what will happen if he ever finds out. She secretly borrows a large amount of…show more content…
Krogstad and Nora are very similar to one another. They both commit the same crime and they commit them for the same reasons. Krogstad commits the crime for his family, just like Nora commits the crime for her husband. Krogstad says “Perhaps. But when it comes to business – the kind of business you and I have engaged in – don’t you think I know about that? All right. Do, as you like. But I tell you this. If I lose my job again, ill bring you down with me” (Act I). Without Krogstad, Nora’s crime would not be reveled and her life would have continued being an illusion marriage. Also, Krogstad’s letter reveling the truth helps the audience see Torvalds’s selfishness. Ironically, Krogstad saves Nora’s life. He helps realize she was in a false marriage living a life that was only right by
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