The Nineteenth century posed many obstacles for woman around the world. According to Eric Foner and John Garraty, during the middle of the nineteenth century in America women were required to follow common law which meant that everything s...
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...ould not be a good mother because many women become bitter and mistreat their children. Some argued that it was actually a sign of strength that Nora made the decision that she made (Galens and Spampinato). This can also be reflected in A Doll House, when Torvald tells Nora that when there is deceit in the home the children are the ones who suffer and “every breath the children take in is filled with the germs of something degenerate (1: 474). Torvald then goes on to blame the mother for all children who go bad in life (1: 476). Then when the nurse tries to bring the children to see Nora she refuses to see them because she has the revelation that she is guilty of deceit and according to her husband’s assertions her children were in danger from her. Nora states “Hurt my children! Poison my home! That’s not true. Never. Never in all the world (1:482,483,485).
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