In Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House the main character, Nora Helmer, shows us the story of a woman who has borrow money without her husband’s consent in order to save his life. Although this noble act would be admired by most, Nora has to keep it a secret from Torvald Helmer, her husband, as he would see it as a betrayal. The measures that Nora takes in order to keep the loan a secret, create circumstances that bring Nora—whose only duty is to serve her husband— to discover that her life can be more than just being an accessory to her husband. She becomes her own self. In her struggle to keep the borrowed money from her husband’s knowledge Nora begins a transformation from dependence of Torvald, to being self-efficient, self-worthy, and self-independent—qualities women of her time lacked of—because all, such as Nora never displayed a mind of their own.
Desdemona and Emilia can be perceived as a foil to each other because of their different beliefs for women’s roles in marriage. Her obedience toward her husband causes her to steal the handkerchief and give it to Iago, so he can falsely set Cassio up with it. Without Emilia, Shakespeare could not have exposed his view on women’s roles and marriage, and the storyline for his tragic play Othello could not have been achieved. Works Cited Shakespeare, William. Othello.
After saving her husband’s life and keeping the secret of a forgery that could potentially destroy her marriage, Nora discovers that her husband is not who she thinks he is when he turns on her as soon as his reputation is threatened. Through leaving her husband, Helmer, she aims to make a life for herself and become her own person rather than just her husband’s “doll.” Both of these women, Antigone and Nora, make choices that are unheard of for their time periods and that demonstrate the importance of equal relationships between women and men. Through Sophocles and Ibsen’s plays, women in modern times can understand how women are repressed and subservient to men in male-dominated societies. An understanding of the restrictions placed on women requires an analysis of the characters’ submission to men, the expectations placed upon them by society, and their search to find their inner voices through their struggles to be heard. The expectations placed on women by society ... ... middle of paper ... ...ce, and become independent women, even if they go against society’s or their male ruler’s wishes.
It is their prejudice that causes them to earnestly avoid people of different social status and do everything their powers allow to ‘protecting’ family members such as Mr. Bingley from people of the lower class. Instead of realizing the love Mr. Bingley and Jane had towards each other, they allow their pride to blind them of the truth and foolishly assume that only a lady of equal status as theirs is ‘worthy’ of their brother’s love. To destroy any hopes Jane might entertain of marrying Mr. Bingley, the sisters connivingly convince her that that her love for Bingley is unrequited. They continue by saying that the marriage of Bingley to Miss Darcy, who will be “hereafter our [their] sister” will “secure the happiness of so many” people. But towards the end of the novel, even after all their efforts and hopes of separating the two, Jane and Bingley manage to get married.
Initially, she is described as an intellectual who is able to discern societal norms. Yet later, she accepts them after noticing it might be in her best interest to conform. Daisy was considering to shatter the tacit rules within society when she was thinking of leaving her husband Tom for a bootlegging newly rich man, Jay Gatsby. But, the vision deteriorates as she resists her urges and returns to her role as the passive wife. Her inability to react to Tom's extramarital affairs indicates that she understood her position as a wife required that she accept her husband's unfaithfulness, despite her internal turmoil.
Is she to be regarded as an individual, or should her liberty be limited by the interest of the community?” (Neserius, 36). Society expects Nora to stay with her husband and uphold her role even after she realizes that Torvald doesn’t really love her and that their marriage is nothing more than an act and she is the doll. Though the pressure is there, Nora ignores it in favor of her own interests and taking her life into her own hands. Though she escapes the confines of that doll house, Nora will most likely not escape the judgement of others for her decision to leave her
Mrs. Linde belives that a husband and wife should be equals in a relationship and with this belief she tries convince Nora of opening up to Torvald. During Nora’s first conversation with Mrs. Linde she opens up and shares her s... ... middle of paper ... ...de, she sees the possibility of living on her own and actually being able to survive by herself. She realizes that she too deserved to be happy and just live life at Torvald’s expense. Mrs. Linde’s character foreshadows Nora’s decision to leave Torvald. Mrs. Linde and Nora are at opposite ends of their lives, one breaks up her marriage to be independent and the other enters into a relationship.
This explains that it was not a lover but more like a selfish deal because she did not want her uncle to die if she rejects Troilus and not become his lover. She could have rejected him but instead from this fear, it moves her to th... ... middle of paper ... ... for example Troilus. Troilus chose a wrong girl to love since he did not mean anything to her at least she could have done something else except for breaking his heart. In the end the narrator briefly recounts Troilus's death in battle and his ascent to the eighth sphere, draws a moral about the transience of earthly joys. In distinction Criseyde loses what she once considered most important, her name and reputation, but she adapts herself practically to whatever circumstances befall her.
And then with the arrival of her friend Kristine Linde, who implies that Nora will have a harsh future when she finally realizes her marriage is based on deception. Kristine had married for financial security instead of her beloved Nils, yet in the end they are reunited as equals. Unlike the marriage Nora and Torvald have, allowing Nora to learn that she will never be happy unless she leaves her marriage and that she was merely a mold of someone her husband wanted her to be. Without a doubt, Ibsen’s play reveals self-determination in many of the characters. In the following paragraphs self-determination is revealed in Mrs. Linde and Krogstad.
By attempting to interpret Kate’s shrewd character from the beginning with her father and sister, through the middle with her first meeting of Petruchio, to the finale will help understand why she is finally tamed and not a shrew due to happiness and good will within herself. The Taming of the Shrew portrays physiological disguise due to certain issues the characters face. Kate becomes a shrew to compensate from her feelings being hurt due to her father 's favoritism toward Bianca. Furthermore, she refuses to be set up with an unworthy husband and so assumes the role of a shrew by insulating herself from the hurtful world around her and no matter how much she may secretly wish to join in the fun. Likewise, Petruchio