Sophocles and Ibsen depict Antigone and Nora as inferior as well as subservient to their male counterparts. One such example is evident in the beginning of A Doll’s House when Torvald asks his wife Nora if she had been eating macaroons. Nora gives him a very womanly answer. “I shouldn’t think of doing what you disapprove of” (Ibsen 145). This is a response men would expect a woman to give. This quote shows...
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...nce they realize theirs is in jeopardy, do absolutely everything in their power to reverse the ruin.
Sophocles and Henrik Ibsen both do an outstanding job of portraying the theme of a woman finding her own identity. They do so through society’s expectation of a woman being submissive and inferior to a man, society’s assumption of a woman being incompetent, and a woman’s desperateness to remain suitable for society and maintain her good name. These two plays will remain relative to modern times for many years to come.
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Sophocles. Antigone. World Literature: A Anthology of Great Short Stories,
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