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Marriage In A Doll House And A Streetcar Named Desire

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A couple’s marriage along with their struggles and problems can tell us a lot about their individual morals and what type of people they are. How someone handles themselves when they are in a battle or argument with their spouse can show the reader the person they are, their strengths, weaknesses and even their outlook on life. In these plays we are shown Torvald Helmer and Stanley Kowalksi’s ways of controlling their wives, their strengths, weaknesses and outlooks on life, or morals just by their actions. In A Doll House written in 1879 by Henrik Ibsen and in A Streetcar Named Desire written in 1947 by Tennessee Williams we are shown two different husbands, Torvald Helmer and Stanley ...view middle of the document...

These are just some of the constraints that are put on Nora through their marriage. Torvald doesn’t have many constraints on him. He simply comes home, orders Nora to do or not to do something and then goes in his study to do work. For example, one particular time when Torvald was working in his study and Nora was trying to get his attention, he simple says “Can’t be disturbed” (1509). This shows that he isn’t interested in what she wants from him and he doesn’t want to be bothered by her, he only wants to get his work done in order to look good at his job and in society. Also this shows that his work and being in control is most important to him, and then comes his wife and family.
In A Streetcar Named Desire we see a marriage between Stanley and Stella Kowalksi. Stanley is also a major character in this play because he is the conflict between himself and Blanche. Williams also brings the issue of power in this marriage because Stanley has to be in charge and if he isn’t he acts upon it so he will become in charge. He is a very powerful character who is very much in control in his marriage. If Stella doesn’t obey him or makes him upset in some way his swelling temper comes out and he strikes. For example, when Stanley and his friends were playing poker at his house and Blanche and Stella were listening to the radio and Stanley didn’t like it he decides to throw the radio out the window. When Stella tells Stanley that he is out of line he bursts and physically abuses pregnant Stella. This shows that Stanley doesn’t have morals towards his wife and he doesn’t think before he...

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