Theme Of Humanism In A Doll's House

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Henrik Ibsen once said, “The strongest man in the world is the one who stands above it.” Most notably it has been clear that women have been considered to be the inferior race in a male dominated society due to the male obsession to hold a powerful and respectful position in the social ladder. For many advocates of the humanism theory this common way of thought was considered to be a violation of what was believed to be an evolutionary right of individuals to grow and develop in a positive manner. Humanism is often expressed in literature to either show the flaws in the condition of the world or to draw attention to forms of internal or external oppression such as the case in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House. Through Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, one can examine the harsh societal roles geared towards women and their subordinate state through the usage of symbols, themes,…show more content…
In an antique doll's house the furniture, clothes, and companions were picked out according to the handler. The doll's movements were also controlled through the handler. The life that the doll lived was a result of the handler's imagination. There was no escape and Nora was no exception. Torvald, her husband, was her handler. He provided a home for her to reside in even though every detail of the house was his idea. Torvald controlled what she wore such as the costume for the Tarantella dance and what she ate like the macaroons. He often called Nora nicknames like “little squirrel (Ibsen 30)” “skylark (Ibsen 114) ” and/or “songbird (Ibsen 114)” indicating that Torvald did not see Nora as an individual. Instead, Torvald saw her as an object locked in a glass cage meant for everyone to admire but not to touch in fear that the beauty and value would be lost. In reality, the puppeteer was society itself controlling the dolls or rather women. It was society that defined how women acted publicly

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