Ibsen chooses to create and develop his characters at the same time as developing the source of the dilemma. We see the problem later on when Nora and Christine hold their first discussion. Ibsen does not disclose the precise nature of the loan during this discussion. Nora presents the issue vaguely with a simple question, “Is it imprudent to save your husband’s life?” With the question presented in such a way, the audience is placed in a position where they agree with Nora since saving someone is usually considered to be heroic. The audience discovers later, however, that although Nora’s ac...
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...n to accomplish the respective tasks which create a moral dilemma. The female protagonists in both plays always follow their principles whilst their counterparts keep changing their principles showing signs of weakness. From the definition given at the beginning concerning justice, we see that both the female protagonists are right in the sense that they did the right thing which was to save one’s husband and to bury one’s brother. They used logic to make the decisions they made irrespective of the consequences thinking they were true. The male protagonists fail to understand logic right to the end until finally they are in a total ruin.
Ibsen, Henrik J. Four Great Plays of Henrik Ibsen: A Doll's House, the Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler, the Master Builder. New York: Pocket, 2005.
Sophocles. The Three Theban Plays. Great Britain: Penguin Classics, 1984
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