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A Doll's House, by Henry Ibsen

- In Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House, a drama written in the midst of an 1879, middle-class, suburban Europe, he boldly depicts a female protagonist. In a culture with concern for fulfilling, or more so portraying a socially acceptable image, Nora faces the restraints of being a doll in her own house and a little helpless bird. She has been said to be the most complex character of drama, and rightfully so, the pressure of strict Victorian values is the spark that ignites the play's central conflicts....   [tags: Henry Ibsen, A Doll House]

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A Doll House By Henrik Ibsen

- ... In other words, when Torvald goes out "to empty the mailbox" and finds "two calling cards - from Rank" (1289)announcing his death, occurs the instant before Torvald finds the letter from Krogstad which results in a break in their marriage. So, the time of his death symbolizes the death of the Helmer 's marriage, since they both transpire around the same time. Furthermore, Dr. Rank was known to be suffering from tuberculosis of the spine which represents Nora 's suffering from a lifetime of being treated like a doll....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Christmas tree]

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A Doll House By Henrik Ibsen

- A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen tells the story of a woman Nora Hemler as she tries to hide her “secret betrayal” from her husband, Torvald Hemler. This story according to Ibsen is based on a true story which he calls a “modern tragedy” and is set in the nineteenth century, in a highly patriarchal and Christian society when women were treated almost as children. They could not vote, nor handle financial matters; a woman’s duty was to marry, take the husband’s name, and like her children; should be seen not heard....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway, Marriage]

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Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll House

- ... It is possible that the Christmas tree is no longer an object of beauty, nor centre of attraction and hence had been put somewhere else in the room, or even removed, as Nora had removed herself. The theme of the play, a woman 's right to individual self-fulfillment, was considered highly subversive in an age when women were not allowed to conduct business without the authority of a father or husband, and were considered to be their property. In the play we can see how unstable, Nora and Torvald 's, household is living under a patriarchal roof which is a criticism of the social norm of the time period....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway]

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Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll House

- Picture this: one day, you are walking down the street early in the evening. You see a sweet, elderly woman walking towards you on the opposite side of the sidewalk, carrying grocery bags in one hand and her purse in the other. She looks over-encumbered, but still when she sees you she smiles cheerfully and continues walking in your direction. But suddenly, a man dressed in black from head to toe runs past you and snatches the old woman’s purse right from her hands, and in her surprise she drops her groceries all over the ground....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Marriage]

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Flaws Portrayed Within the Helmer Marriage in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House

- Marriage is a union between two people who communicate and love each other. A love so pure and unconditional that only in death can they part. In a Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, Nora and Torvald appear to portray the perfect marriage. However, throughout the play flaws within the Helmer marriage are exposed: a lack of communication, love and selflessness. A relationship based on lies and play-acting; A marriage condemned by the weight of public opinion. Nora and Torvald lack one of the key elements needed to make a marriage work....   [tags: a doll's house]

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Men’s Egos Exposed in A Doll's House and Antigone

- “I would not be a queen for all the world.” (Henry VIII) King Henry sums up in one short sentence the attitude that men have had towards women for ages. For centuries, men have been treating women like second-class citizens. They have always thought of themselves as superior. In the plays Antigone and A Doll’s House there are obvious examples of the conflicts between men and women. In the play Antigone, the character Antigone broke the law to do what she thought was right. Creon, her uncle and the king, was frustrated that she did not listen to him because women in that time period always did what they were told....   [tags: A Doll's House, Antigone]

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Visual Symbols in "A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen

- "A Doll's House", written in 1879, is one of the most famous works by playwright Henrik Ibsen, the founder of modern realistic prose drama. It tells the story of a nineteenth century bourgeoisie woman who breaks the chains of society that determine her role in life in order to find herself. The female protagonist Nora lives a perfectly comfortable and seemingly carefree life until her husband Torvald Helmer falls ill. She is forced to forge a signature on a contract that would enable her to borrow enough money from a lawyer named Nils Krogstad to travel to southern Italy to save his life....   [tags: A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen, ]

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New Year's Changes in Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

- In Victorian England, women were expected to be undoubtedly obedient to their fathers, and later in life, servile to their husbands as well. They were normally forbidden to pursue a real education, and would often “devote themselves to their husbands' happiness” (Roland 10). Throughout history, women have had to make sacrifices for other people's feelings and lives. They have given up their own lives, freedoms, education, and careers due to their concern for others. A concurrent injustice occurs in Henrik Ibsen's play, A Doll's House....   [tags: Victorian England, A Doll's House, ]

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On Ibsen's A Doll's House

- On Ibsen's A Doll's House [This is the text of a lecture delivered, in part, in Liberal Studies 310 at Malaspina University-College, Nanaimo, BC, Canada. References to Ibsen's text are to the translation by James McFarlane and Jens Arup (Oxford: OUP, 1981). This text is in the public domain, released July 2000] For comments or questions, please contact Ian Johnston Those of you who have just read A Doll's House for the first time will, I suspect, have little trouble forming an initial sense of what it is about, and, if past experience is any guide, many of you will quickly reach a consensus that the major thrust of this play has something to do with gender relations in modern society and...   [tags: A Doll's House]

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Analysis Of ' A Doll House ' By Josefina Lopez

- Women have been given by society certain set of duties, which although change through time, tend to stay relatively along the same lines of stereotypical women activities. In “A Doll House” and “Simply Maria” we see the perpetuation of these forms of behavior as an initial way of life for the two protagonists. Nonetheless; we see a progression towards liberation and self discovery towards the development as a human being by breaking the rules of society. Such attitudes soon find opposing forces....   [tags: Woman, Gender role, Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House]

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Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll House

- ... MRS. LINDE: No, a wife can’t get a loan without her husband’s permission. NORA: Well, but a wife with a head for business, a wife who knows how to be a little clever – (Ibsen 729). This shows that Nora isn’t the submissive little housewife that she appears to be. Nora’s embracing of independence only becomes more and more apparent until the climax of the play. NORA: Maybe. But you don’t think – or talk – like the man I could choose to be with. When your big fright was over – not the danger I was in, but what might happen to you – when that threat was past, then it was like nothing happened to you....   [tags: A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen, Norway, Oslo]

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Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll House

- ... A daughter hasn’t a right to protect her dying father from anxiety and care. A wife hasn’t a right to save her husband’s life. I don’t know much about laws, but I’m sure that somewhere in the books these things are allowed” (Ibsen 1206). Despite her virtuous intentions to save her husband’s life, Nora still wrongfully forged her father’s signature on that loan and continues to lie to Torvald in an effort to repay the loan, which means she is no better than Krogstad, a man whose own forgery made him the moral scum of the community....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway, Morality]

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A Doll 's House And The Glass Menagerie

- Even When It’s Not Sex, It Is Oscar Wilde once said, “Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” The content of this quote embodies A Doll’s House and The Glass Menagerie because of the sexual control in both the plays. A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen and The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee William, the characters, although from different time periods, face the hardships of sexual control through the men they admire. Nora is written as the naive protagonist of A Doll’s House, who embodies the themes of the novella as she matures throughout the play....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House]

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A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

- ... Torvald constantly talks down to his wife and it is clearly seen through the many nicknames he develops for her. He calls her things such as “My pretty little pet, my little squirrel, my poor little Nora,” and much more. With every term of endearment used towards Nora, there is also the word, “little” which shows what he truly thinks of her. To him, Nora is just a child, a responsibility that he has to watch over, instruct and nurture. She also seems to be a possession. In the relationship, she is never seen as an equal partner....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House]

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Analysis of the Character of Mrs. Linde in A Doll's House

- The American author Napoleon Hill once stated “think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” In Henrick Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, the character of Mrs. Linde contributes to the exposition and pivotal moment of the decideding factors of Krogstad, she also has a profound influence on the character development of Nora Helmer. Mrs. Linde directly contributes to Nora’s moment of realization and Nora’s decision to leave her husband at the end of the play....   [tags: doll's house, henrick ibsen, influence]

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Analysis Of Henrik Ibsen 's ' A Doll House '

- ... Linde, as she tells her, “Oh, Kristine, I feel so light and happy. Won 't it be lovely to have stacks of money and not a care in the world?” But even Mrs. Linde had acknowledged Nora 's irresponsibility and careless spending from prior years when she replied, “Nora, Nora, aren 't you sensible yet. Back in school, you were such a free spender” (1195). It would seem to many that Nora had everything in the world a person could only dream about. But the truth of the matter is that there was an underlying little secret that she was hiding from everyone, especially her husband....   [tags: A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen, Norway]

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A Doll's House

- A Doll House Essay Ibsen said that his mission in life was to “Inspire individuals to freedom and independence” which was shown throughout the play A Doll House. Since he wrote modern theatre, the characters were real and audiences could relate to them. He particularly questioned the role of men and women during his time. Ibsen used A Doll House to motivate women so they would seek more power and freedom in their relationships. Audiences could then look up to characters such as Nora and Mrs Linde whom were independent, some what ahead of their times....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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A Doll's House

- A Doll's House The author, Henrik Ibsen, who wrote other social commentary plays (like Ghosts, Enemy Of The People, and Pillars Of Society), made a departure in this plays ending by having the protagonist run away rather than staying to set an example and continuing to struggle for the better along side others. This scenario creates a sad, troubling and for Nora unjustified ending as she, the protagonist in A Doll's House, leaves Torvold, her husband. She destroys any hope that married couples can reconcile differences and learn to change and grow with one another....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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A Doll 's House And Trifles

- The plays, A Doll House and Trifles, brilliantly depict the male dominated relationships that were prominent in each playwright’s society. The play, A Doll House, by Henrik Ibsen, shows how women are seen as nothing more than a pretty face. On the other hand, Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, presents the idea that women are loyal to their husbands so they will do as their husbands wish. The concept of women being viewed as harmless creatures by men because they see them as unintelligent is prominent in both works and serves as the focus of each playwright’s critique of the attitudes toward marriage in their own respective societies....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Problem solving]

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Character Analysis of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House

- A character analysis of Ibsen’s, “A Doll House”, reveals one main challenge facing Nora and women of today: men tend to misjudge women. Men assume that women are innocent and weak, merely because they are female. Nora Helmer, whom is considered childlike, is an example of women that live in a metaphorical “doll house”. On the other hand, towards the end of the story, Nora exhibits the independence and drive to be a real woman; this is another characteristic that many women display. Nora’s metamorphosis is a clear-cut representation of how modern-day women gained the freedom and rights they have today....   [tags: A Doll’s House Essays]

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The Importance of the Dance in A Doll's House

- The Importance of the Dance in A Doll's House Dancing is a beautiful form of expression that reveals a good deal about a person in a matter of minutes. Characters that dance in plays and novels usually flash some sort of underlying meaning pertaining to their story, shining light on themselves, other characters, and the movement of the action. In Ibsen's A Doll's House, Nora's performance of the tarantella summarizes the plot of the entire play. Take, for example, Torvald's attitude towards Nora's offbeat movements....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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A Doll 's House As A Marxist Text

- ... The character Krogstad 's circumstance is a prime argument to the Marxist approach, because he is a man who is victim to his habitat. At first he is seen as a antagonist because he is blackmailing Nora. Later in the play, it is reveled that he is only doing this because has committed a crime in order to provide for his children. The only foe in the story happens to be another person who is crippled by their community 's social standards. The sole reason Torvald does not want to employ Krogstad is because he is seen as a bad person to society....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway]

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The Tarantella Dance in A Doll's House

- The Tarantella Dance in A Doll's House In A Doll's House, Ibsen uses many symbols. One symbol that is used to symbolize Nora's character; is a dance called the Tarantella. The Tarantella is a folk dance from southern Italy. It goes from an already quick tempo to an even quicker one, while alternating between major and minor keys. It is characterized by swift movements, foot tapping, and on the women's part, exaggerated ruffling of petticoats. It involves a lot of very fast spinning and jumping until one cannot dance anymore and is so exhausted they fall to the ground....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

- ... This immediately provides the audience with an impression that Nora is a materialist who does not understand the value of money, and it also gives an insight to what Torvald thinks of her habits. As seen throughout the play, Nora repeatedly talks about her husband’s promotion to manager of the bank and how he will make a lot of money from his new position. This dependency is the reason that she unknowingly allows herself to be Torvald’s “doll.” In exchange for allowance, Torvald expects Nora to be on her best behavior and fulfill her duties to him....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway]

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Analysis Of Ibsen's A Doll's House

- "A Doll House" A critical Analysis When Nora slammed the door shut in her doll's house in 1879, her message sent shockwaves around the world that persist to this day. "I must stand quite alone", Nora declared after finding out that her ideal of life was just a imagination of her and that all her life had been build up by others people's, specifically her husband and her dad ideas, opinions and tastes. Nora is the pampered wife of an aspiring bank manager Torvald Halmer. In a desperate attempt to saves her husband's life Nora once asked for a loan so she and her family could move somewhere where her husband could recover from his sickness....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

- ... He couldn 't care less that Nora did this because she loves and cherishes him, and more so, to save his life. He is the man of "honor," "I’d gladly work for you day and night. Nora---and take on pain and deprivation. But there’s no one who gives up honor for love." She answers him, "Millions of women have done just that" (Ibsen 841). Torvald belittles Nora in every way possible by talking down to her like a child and calling her and unfit mother to her children. At the point when a woman loves and adores her husband as Nora does, nothing else matters....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway]

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A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

- ... Linde for bringing the macaroons in the house. In this aspect, Nora is being treated like a child by Torvald, so she acts like one; This shows how immature Nora is and doesn’t know how to act. Nora her whole life is always being forced to follow the rules of others, with not only Torvald, but her own father. Nora never had the chance to find who she was, being why now, she doesn’t know her true identity, having no choice but to follow in the footsteps of others. Towards the end of the play, Torvald himself admits to treating Nora as a pet, giving her commands and rewarding her....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway]

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Seeking Truth in A Doll's House

- Seeking Truth in A Doll's House. The characters, in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, are hiding from each other and seeking the truth about each other and about life. The game of hide and seek that Nora plays with her children, she also plays with her husband. She hides her actions and her true personality from him. He also hides his life from her. Thinking that she would never even understand, he keeps all the business of their relationship secret from her. Although Nora hides from her husband, she also plays the role of seeker....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

- In Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll's House, Torvald and his wife, Nora, live a middle class, conservative life with three children. Nora stays at home while Torvald works as a manager at a bank. Previously, when Torvald was sick, Nora forged her father's signature on a bond to receive money for a trip to Italy so Torvald could recover. Only Nils Krogstad, another man at the bank, and Nora's best friend, Linde, know about her terrible secret. Linde and Krogstad have also failed in society like Nora: Krogstad has performed the same act of forgery, and Linde had to work to support her family while most women stayed at home....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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The Miracle of A Doll's House

- The Miracle of A Doll's House In the play A Doll's House, Nora fits in a role of the little helpless wife whose husband takes care of everything. During the play, she keeps a secret from her husband that eventually leads to the destruction of her marriage. When the secret surfaces, Nora finds out just what kind of man she was married to. Maybe she always knew but now wants something different in her life. A few years earlier her husband was terribly sick and needed to get away for a while, possibly go south....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

- A Doll House is considered to have revolutionized Drama in its time. Ibsen, with his play, tries to show another part of humanity to his audience. This new style consisted in situations that could and do happen in real life rather than spectacular or crazy plots. A Doll House is a dramatic piece written by Henrik Ibsen. This story is about Mr. and Mrs. Helmer, they are a happy marriage that like any other marriage is supposed to be based on trust and love. But Mrs. Helmer has a secret, she obtained some money in a shady way to save his husbands life, and now she has to pay it back....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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On Ibsen's A Doll's House

- On Ibsen's A Doll's House Author: Ian Johnston Those of you who have just read A Doll's House for the first time will, I suspect, have little trouble forming an initial sense of what it is about, and, if past experience is any guide, many of you will quickly reach a consensus that the major thrust of this play has something to do with gender relations in modern society and offers us, in the actions of the heroine, a vision of the need for a new-found freedom for women (or a woman) amid a suffocating society governed wholly by unsympathetic and insensitive men....   [tags: Ibsen's A Doll's House]

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Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

- A Doll’s House, a play by Henrik Ibsen, tells the story of Nora, the wife of Torvald Helmer, who is an adult living as a child, kept as a doll by her husband. She is expected to be content and happy living in the world Torvald has created for her. By studying the play and comparing and contrasting the versions presented in the video and the live performance, one can analyze the different aspects of it. Ibsen’s purpose for writing this piece is to entertain while pointing out an injustice....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

- A Doll’s House When the play “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen was first performed, society was much different, and the play shocked many people. Today we don't have quite the same problem, but a deeper look at the "meaning" of the play reveals that it is about problems themselves, not a specific issue. Perhaps a play about gay parenting, internet privacy, or AIDS in the workplace can strike chords of concern in our contemporary audience, and Ibsen's works (perhaps) should be viewed in light of their impact upon social awareness rather than as purely historical pieces....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House

- At the end of A Doll's House, Isben surprises the audience. When Torvald learns that Krogstad is no longer threatening him, he offers to forgive Nora. Most people in the audience would expect the ending to be happy and for the family to live its life as it did before. Shockingly, Nora tells Torvald that she plans on leaving him and their children. She realizes that her life has not been happy and that Torvald does not really love her. Nora has many motivations for leaving Torvald. She feels that she has been treated like a doll her whole life, and does not like being treated that way....   [tags: A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen]

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Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

- A Doll’s House Henrik Ibsen was born in 1828 on the coast of Norway into a middle class family. When he was 6 years of age, due to financial loss, his family were forced to move to a smaller house in the country and his education was disruppted. Ibsen had to work as an apprentice and study in the evening this alienated him from his family and he was never to reunite with them. In 1849 his first play was published and was a disaster. Ibsen altered his style of writing to accommodate the trend of the era which was romanticism....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

- A Dolls House By Henrik Ibsen Dramatic Critique The P’s Person: Nora, Torvald Helmer’s wife, and mother of Ivar, Bob, and Emmy. Peculiar trait: On the surface Nora’s peculiar trait seems to be her obsession for money. Her internal peculiar trait is that she desires to become significant to her husband. She spends money on material objects to decorate their home and dress up the family. The impression of the home appears perfect, like a doll’s house. Passion: Nora’s passion is to be a real human and not be unreal towards herself, her family, or her husband....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House

- Marriage is a forever commitment between two individuals to love one another but marriages don't always have the fairytale happy ending. In Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll House, Nora and Torvald Helmer learn some things about their marriage that they had not realized before. Nora Helmer discovers Torvald, herself, her marriage, as well as her own identity as a woman. Nora Helmer, the wife of Torvald Helmer, throughout the whole play has been keeping a secret from her husband. A few years back when Torvald became ill the doctor recommended that the whole family move south in order for Torvald to fully recover....   [tags: Ibsen Doll's House]

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Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

- A doll house by Henrik Ibsen is a modern drama whose characters fail to understand who they really are. The theme of self-discovery can be viewed throughout the entire play. Nora’s character plays an important role in self-discovery. She is a dynamic character who proves at the end of the play that she accept and discovers who the true Nora is. The play begins with a direct emphasis on Nora and her husband (Torvald) relationship. One can easily assume that their relationship is based on material things and status....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

- A DOLL’S HOUSE Believe it or not money is a big thing in a couples relationship. One of the themes in the play, A Doll’s House, was about money. In the play, money had a lot to do with the breaking of a relationship. The relationship was between Nora and Torvald a married couple. Their was a big thing that had to do with money that I will be discussing later in this essay. On page 5, Torvald is asking the question, “What are little people called that are always wasting money?” Nora then answers, “Spendthrifts”....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

- After she reveals the "dastardly deed" to her husband, he becomes understandably agitated; in his frustration he shares the outside world with her, the ignorance of the serious business world, and destroys her innocence and self-esteem. This disillusion marks the final destructive blow to her doll's house. Their ideal home including their marriage and parenting has been a fabrication for the sake of society. Nora's decision to leave this false life behind and discover for herself what is real is directly symbolic of woman's ultimate realization....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

- Ibsen's "A Doll's House" In Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”, in Act Two Scene 6, Nora’s deceptive behaviour and desperation reaches its climax due to the arrival of the letter. This is because the letter contains the means she used to get hold of the money. During the time when the play took place, society frowned upon women asserting themselves. Women were supposed to play the role in which they supported their husbands, took care of their children and made sure that everything around the house was perfect....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

- A Closer look at Ibsens A Dolls House "Everything is relative" or so the flippant motto of the post-modern generation would say. Interestingly enough, this aphorism is brilliantly applied by Henrik Ibsen to enhance his characters in the acclaimed drama, A Doll’s House. Often, we see things relative to their surroundings, and as the contrast between objects heighten, each becomes more visible. Within the first act of A Doll’s House, we encounter Christine Linde, a childhood friend of the main character, Nora, and Dr....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

- A Doll’s House In past history, society has been both very prejudiced and traditional with its view of gender roles. Often times a woman would not have had the same right to something as a man did. Many women however went against the law and tradition to do what they thought was right. In Henrik Ibsen’s play, A Doll’s House, Nora does something that is unimaginable during the time period. Nora’s husband Torvald believes he is the man of the house and that his wife should be grateful and entertaining for him....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

- Nora is a captivating character in Ibsen's A Doll's House. She swings between extremes: she is either very happy or immensely depressed, prosperous or completely desperate, wise or naive, impotent or purposeful. You can understand this range in Nora, because she staggers between the person she pretends to be and the one she someday hopes to become. Throughout the play, Nora is portrayed as subordinate to her male counterpart, Torvald. As most other men during this time, Torvald believed that women were not capable of making difficult decisions, or thinking for themselves....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House

- A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, is a play about a woman who realizes that she is worth more than she has been given credit. Her whole life she was treated like a little doll; too fragile to do anything serious, too frail to be troubled with real business. She was the wife, mother and homemaker. The only things she was perceived as capable of were running the home, raising the children and looking pretty. This was a common stereotype for women in the 1880’s. Women were treated as possessions, not people....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen Doll's House]

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Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House

- Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House In the following essay I will discussing whether or not I believe that Mrs. Linde is right on calling Nora “childish” in the first act of “A Dolls House.” “A Dolls House” was written by Henrik Ibsen in 1879 is based upon the day to day human struggle against the degrading constraints of social conformity....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen Doll's House]

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Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

- Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll House examines a woman’s struggle for independence in her marriage and social world. Through the use of character change, Ibsen conveys his theme that by breaking away from all social expectations, we can be true to ourselves. When Ibsen presents Nora Helmer, we see a “perfect” wife, who lives in a “perfect” house with a “perfect” husband and children. The Helmer children have a nanny that raises them. By having the nanny, Nora has the freedom to come and go as she pleases....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

- Independence Most of us live a life where we do what we want and when we want without anyone telling us how to live our lives. This wasn’t the case in A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, where he illustrates to us how one woman lives a life through her father and husband. Throughout the play we see how a once childish like woman gains her independence and a life of her own. Ibsen shows us a very realistic play that demonstrates how on the outside Nora and Torvald seem to have it all. While in reality their life together is simply empty until Nora stands up for herself and starts to build her own life....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

- In many literary works, there are characters in which portray both similarities and differences. In the Play "A Doll's House," by Henrik Ibsen, two of the characters have many oppositions and congruencies. These characters go by the names of Nora Helmer and Mrs. Linde. Ibsen characterizes these women by describing their comparable and contrasting personalities. He does this by describing their financial situations as well as their family lives. He describes these women, as opposites while in fact there are some distinct similarities....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

- To meet the needs of others, characters are often faced with making important decisions. In A Doll’s House, Nora, Mrs. Linden, and the nurse must all make decisions crucial to the importance of their lives. It is very evident throughout the story that these women must give up important aspects of their lives not only for themselves, but also for others. The nurse is a key importance in Nora’s life. She has been the only mother Nora has known. In order to be Nora’s mother, however, the nurse ultimately had to give up her own child....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

- Henrik Isben?s A Doll?s House is the story of a man and a woman who have been married for eight years but are not really in love. Although at the first of the story we see a typical family, underneath there lies a dark secret. Torvald Helmer, the husband, is a lawyer who has been unsuccessful in the past because he would not accept a shady case. This has put the couple and their children in a great financial struggle and this forces him to turn elsewhere for employment. He ends up working at a local bank, putting an end to the family struggle....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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Analysis Of The Play ' A Doll House ' By Henrick Ibsen

- ... Later in the play, however, Nora is faced with the task of looking over the family when Torvald becomes severely ill. Nora goes out on her own to find people to give her money to support her family moving to Italy and she soon realizes that she is able to take care of herself. This boosts Nora’s confidence to the point to the point where she is able to stand up for herself. As Nora tries to press herself against Torvald’s judgments and decisions, Torvald becomes fed up with her disobedience....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Husband, The Play]

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A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

- Henrik Ibsen, author of one of the greatest drama plays A Doll House, is said this piece of work is a feminist play. Feminism is defined as a “collection of movements aimed at defining, establishing and defending equal political, economic, and social rights and equal opportunities for women”, according to Dictionary.com. Did Ibsen produce A Doll House to be a feminist play. No matter what or how much propaganda feminist have made toward A Doll House, Ibsen, never wanted to produce a play concerning women’s rights, but that is very arguable....   [tags: A Doll’s House Essays]

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A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

- A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen “A dolls house” was written by Henrik Ibsen and produced by famous actors during the time of the 1800’s; in fact it was the year of 1879 to be precise. It was around this time that many different Social, cultural and historical moments were changing through time, leaving the end result to change not only one country but had an effect on most of the world. For this section of the work I will be carefully discussing with you the issues of; * Social events * Cultural events * Historical events Social Each of these events all had major issues around during the time; like the peoples views on marriage and the roles of men and women – with or without being mar...   [tags: Doll's House Henrik Ibsen Essays]

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Analysis Of The Book ' A Doll 's House '

- ... After the party upstairs, Torvald refers to Nora, “Why shouldn’t I not look at my dearest treasure” (Ibsen 67). He regards Nora constantly as a “prize” he has won, therefore objectifying Nora. Torvald continuously calls Nora “pet names”, such as squirrel and skylark. His habit of using delicate and frail creatures to characterize his wife demonstrates his apparent superiority over Nora. Torvald also appears to have a rule against Nora consuming candy as he questions, “Hasn’t Miss Sweet-Tooth been breaking rules in town to-day” (Ibsen 14)....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway, The Play]

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Analysis Of ' Othello ' And ' A Doll 's House '

- ... This quote mirrors how Torvald believes that he will look weak in front of his staff members if he keeps Krogstad in his position. This would ruin Torvalds reputation and social status as the manager of the bank because it is looked down on, to be easily manipulated by anyone let alone, by your wife. These examples represent how reputation does not reflect your true self because Torvald believes that Krogstad is a good employee but because of their past as friends the tone they share is not right for Torvald’s position....   [tags: Othello, Iago, A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen]

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A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

- "A Doll 's House" is classified under the "second phase" of Henrik Ibsen 's career. It was during this period which he made the transition from mythical and historical dramas to plays dealing with social problems. It was the first in a series investigating the tensions of family life. Written during the Victorian era, the controversial play featuring a female protagonist seeking individuality stirred up more controversy than any of his other works. In contrast to many dramas of Scandinavia in that time which depicted the role of women as the comforter, helper, and supporter of man, "A Doll 's House" introduced woman as having her own purposes and goals....   [tags: A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen, Norway, Woman]

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Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House

- Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House Plot and Sub-plots The play begins on Christmas Eve of the late 19th century, in the living room of a middle class family, the Helmers. Nora is the female lead role in this play who is treated very child-like by her husband, Torvald. He appears to have taken over her father’s role which in turn allows their marriage to be built on unstable foundations and although both parties have each other’s best interests in mind, it is clear to the audience from the start that the relationship has elements of deception that could possibly be destructive....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen Doll's House Essays]

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Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House

- Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House Ibsens's play is a modern tragedy which functions on two levels, questioning the established social order of the day and presenting the death of a marriage. Both these events create a great deal of tension, and combined with the language and actions used by the characters, make the play very intense. The main cause of dramatic tension throughout the play is the way that the difference between the real nature of the characters and the roles they are assigned by society is presented....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen Doll's House Essays]

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A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

- ... She is the character that can or has obtained empathy solely based on the fact that she desires to be recognized as an intelligent woman and not just a “silly girl,” as Torvald refers to her as. On another note, despite Torvald’s teasing, Nora is happy. She reacts in a loving manner toward Torvald as he speaks passionately about the extra money the new job will provide. Nora also does not seem to mind being patronized for her small figure. It seems that the Helmer’s marriage is one sided and built on manipulation....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway, Marriage]

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A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

- ... After, Kristine’s husband’s death, she needed to place her individual needs above social norms. This is because social norms, through her husband’s death, only reminded her of sorrow and sadness, hence she describes that her life was a “little backwater” and her desires can help her overcome her sorrow. Moreover, Ibsen characterizes Kristine in daring and courageous manner, which allows her to inspire and entice the development of Nora as a self-realized character. An example of this is when Kristine asks Nora “Do you mean never to tell [Torvald] about it?”(977) when Nora reveals that she had accumulated a debt....   [tags: A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen, Norway, Sociology]

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Analysis Of The Play ' A Doll 's House '

- Nick Pant Mrs. Black English II Honors 11/17/2014 ADH Analysis Susan B. Anthony once said “I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand” (http://www.brainyquote.com) Anthony was fighting for the independence of women and equality between both men and women. In Henrik Ibsen’s Norwegian play A Doll’s House, a similar idea is shown all throughout the work. A main social problem in the play is that women have no power in society because they have limited education; therefore Nora committed the crime of forgery, lied to her husband, and almost committed adultery....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway, Lie]

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A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

- ... Of course, Templeton is referring to Nora’s sense of self and the pride she holds when it comes to the fact that she singlehandedly saved her family, even if she did so illegally. Now, despite Nora being brave enough to take on such a risk, she can be seen as a “child” to several people, including Mrs. Linde because even though she has had to work, she has not worked as hard as other women in the in the play. According to Mrs Linde “a little needle work and such” never hurt anybody (Seagull Reader 193)....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Working class]

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A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

- ... At the beginning of the play, Nora’s definition of freedom is to be able to have money so that she doesn 't have to ask Torvald for money all the time. She wants the freedom to be able to buy herself and children things without having to ask permission. Later in the play, Nora becomes involved in a situation where she forged her father’s signature. One of Torvald’s worker by the name of Krogstad has lent her money without the permission of her husband and he will only keep it a secret from Torvald as long as he can keep his job at the bank....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Want, Norway]

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A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

- “Almost everyone who has gone to the bad early in life has had a deceitful mother...It seems most commonly to be the mother’s influence,though naturally a bad father’s would have the same result.”(Act I, A Dolls House by Henrik Ibsen) In the book, A Doll 's House by Henrik Ibsen it is commonly believed that the character of the parent has a large impact on their children. In some cases, children have to pay for the sins of their parents because part of the parent lives on in the child after the parent 's death....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway, Parent]

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A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

- ... It is not of a woman to provide for her family without the assistance of husband, so Mrs. Linde married to secure that assistance. The burden of an ill mother and younger siblings caused Mrs. Linde to accept an opportunity to nurture her family by the means of marriage instead of marrying for love. Mrs. Linde’s reason for marriage exhibits her perspective of relationships because she desperately needs to support her family, so when a proposal ensuring assistance is presented to her, she accepts it....   [tags: Marriage, Love, A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen]

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A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

- ... This falsehood regards a large sum of money that she borrows to save her husband 's life. Nora has acquired a lump sum from Nils Krogstad, that she knows she does not have the means to pay back in full by his set deadline. Nora’s fear of Torvald finding out weighs heavily in her decision of how to go about breaking even with Krogstad. Nora enters into a game of theoretical chess with Krogstad; he makes a move, and she has to come up with a counter move to retaliate. One of these moves involve Krogstad having the knowledge that Torvald is going to fire him, so he blackmails Nora....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Lie, Fear]

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Nora 's A Doll 's House

- ... However there was a complete different side of Nora 's character is revealed; when Nora clarifies precisely what she did "for Helmer”.  Although Nora is a lady who is likely unconscious of her duties in life especially concerning her kids who are under lasting care of Ann-Marie here she has at least made an attempt of the obligations as a wife. Her own attitude to her actions, which in her mind saved "Torvald 's life" is extremely honest. She is extremely self-satisfied and not aware of possibly dangerous results....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway, Dollhouse]

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The Practices of Dr. Rank in A Doll's House

- The Practices of Dr. Rank   In the play A Doll House, by Henrik Ibsen, the convention of marriage is examined and questioned for its lack of honesty. The play is set in the late 1800s, which provides the backdrop for the debate about roles of people in society. Ibsen uses the minor character, Dr. Rank, to help develop the theme of conflicts within society. This, in turn, creates connections with the plot. Dr. Rank's function in the play is to foreshadow, symbolize, and reflect upon the truth of life and society and to break down the barrier between appearance and reality....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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Price of Freedom in Ibsen's A Doll's House

- The Price of Freedom in A Doll's House    Freedom is something that people in all times, places, and experiences have sought after, often against great odds and at a great personal cost. But, in the struggle for freedom, every person gains a sense of true self, if they believe that the freedom which they are fighting for is just. In almost all plays, every character has something threatened which is important to them and which they consider worth fighting for. In Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll House, every character suffers a disaster or mistake which causes them to lose some of their freedoms....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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The Opening of A Doll's House

- A critical analysis of the opening of the play A Dolls House. In the opening of the play "A Dolls House" ,the setting of the stage is of a house portrayed as if it were a dolls house. The items described in the house are all small therefore representing a dolls house where all items are miniature, the type of furniture owned , such as a piano, show that the family is moderately well off. There is no narrator in the play and all information and knowledge about the character is gained from listening to conversations....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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A Doll's House: Social Lie and Duty

- Social Lie and Duty in A Doll's House The play A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen, is concerned with the conflict between social lie and duty. This play is about women's need for independence and her obligations to family and society. We can easily recognize sacrifice and guiltlessness in the play. One can follow a theme through the play by looking at Nora -- the heroine. Who is Nora Helmer. She is the beloved wife of Torvald Helmer. They have a very nice, cozy house, and they have three kids. They have been married for eight years....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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Free Essays on A Doll's House: Manipulation

- Manipulation in A Doll House The mark of a mature person is the ability to make rational decisions for oneself.  Complicated choices are what make maturity so hard.  Sometimes, even good intentions can lead to a bad decision.  In Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House, decision-making is clouded by the manipulation caused by certain characters.  Blackmail, trickery, and tyranny, each a form of manipulation are all used to make seemingly positive decisions by the characters.  These decisions lead to complicated situations for these characters where nothing is gained.  Manipulation is a form of control over another person without either their consent or knowledge.  Examining Torvald, Krogstad, and Nor...   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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Analysis Of Henrik Ibsen 's ' A Doll 's House '

- ... Author May-Brit Akerholt, a translator and dramaturg at the University of Sydney, explains how Ibsen’s word choice brings deep meaning. Revealed during Nora’s exchange of words about money; “But let 's do as I say, Torvald. That gives me time to decide what I need most.” (1) Akerholt sheds light on the choice of "decide" and "need" as highly significant; they illustrate how Ibsen is building Nora’s character suggesting she is not just a simple “skylark” but capable of rendering a decision on her own....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Marriage]

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Nora Helmer 's A Doll 's House

- ... Just a minute (hides the bag of macaroons in her pocket and wipes her mouth) Come here, Torvald, and see what i 've bought. (KKKKK) Later in the play we see Nora swear to her husband that she had not been eating any candy. This simple act of dishonesty is representable of Nora 's character and the relationship that her and Torvald share. Nora also hides from him a large debt that she has because of a loan she took out behind his back. Torvald, similar to many men during this time period, seems to have ownership over his wife....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway]

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Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll 's House

- Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, written in 1879, makes many bold statements about nineteenth century society. Ibsen uses his play to write about traditional marital roles, women’s independence, and crime. Each individual characters started out as one person and evolved into someone different by the end of the play, be it either good or bad. Torvald and Nora Helmer are the main characters in the play. Torvald is the domineering head of household while Nora is meek and submissive, or so she would have Torvald believe....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway]

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William Shakespeare 's A Doll 's House

- ... How. NORA: I told you about our trip to Italy. Torvald would never have recovered if he had not gone there. MRS. LINDE: Yes, but you father gave you the necessary funds. NORA: Yes, that is what Torvald and the others think, but MRS. LINDE: But NORA: Papa didn’t give use a shilling. It was I who procured the money. (1.10) Being a very self-centered and immature character, Nora changes the subject to herself by saying, “Come here. Now I will show you that I too have something to be proud and glad of”....   [tags: A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen, Norway]

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Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

- The expectations imposed upon Nora were created by society and her husband. In the nineteenth century women had few alternatives to marriage; they were not expected to step beyond their roles as housewife and mother. Females were confined in every way imaginable. Women were limited by their identities as it relates to society and their husband’s expectations. On page 1571, Mrs. Linde says to Nora ‘A wife can’t borrow money without her husband’s consent.’ Mrs....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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