Trifles And The Doll House Analysis

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Crystie R. Kampman
Professor Battle
English Composition 112
20 July 2016
The Oppressed Women of Trifles and The Doll House The dramas Trifles by Susan Glaspell and The Doll House by Henrik Ibsen were written in the late 19th to early 20th Century; a genre representative of socially constructed norms associated to gender roles. During this era economic, political, cultural and social rights encompass male dominance. Female oppression was commonplace; society based a woman’s worth on motherhood and marriage. In the Trifles the men patronize the women, ridiculing their concerns while the women characterize their activity in the house as relatively unimportant. The Doll House focuses on Nora who struggles to become a self-motivated women in a woman-denying man’s world, exemplified by the treatment she experiences from her father, society and husband. The Trifles and The Doll House portray the gendered oppressive nature of society. Situational irony and symbols capture the intricate dynamics in the relationships that portray the reality of female disadvantage. The characters, dialogue and settings in the Trifles and The Doll House signify a theme deeply embedded in female oppression. Authors Ibsen and Henrik illustrate the lack of autonomy and freedom available to women in Triples and The Doll House. Examples of the inequality women experienced during this period were Nora’s inability to eat, dress, work
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This is ironic because this is where society believed women belonged. Cultural conditioning distinguishes women’s responsibilities and concerns as distinct from men’s, segregated by dominant masculinity (Hooti and Torkamaneh 2011). Women’s roles were at home taking care of their husbands, chores and children. The opportunities for women outside these roles opposite of societal norms were regarded as unacceptable. Men instilled and controlled the acceptance of such
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