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The Theme In Ibsen's A Doll's House

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The Theme in Ibsen's A Doll's HouseThe Doll's house is one of the strongest plays that Ibsen has produced in the way of character painting and artistic handling of situations. There has always been a very big and noticeable gap in the roles that both women and men play in the everyday societal developments. During the late nineteenth century women were enslaved in their gender roles while the roles assigned to men were also explored. The predominant theme in A Doll's house is that of gender role. One of the most obvious issues that Ibsen brings to his audience is that of nineteenth century gender roles.Nora, the wife of Torvald Helmer and the mother of three children plays a fundamental role ...view middle of the document...

Likewise the women, the roles assigned to men are also explored in the play. From the start of the play, Torvald enjoys being in control. He treats Nora more like a pet or toy rather than like his wife. Torvald addressed Nora "when did my little squirrel get home" (1768). Men are dominant figures in any male-female relationship particularly marriage expecting their wife to obey their decisions and will. He established rules for his wife, Nora. Some of the rules, such as no eating of macaroons are pretty and demeaning. In Tori Moi's article "First and foremost a human being" had a perspection that "Torvalds is an egoist and a rather brutal and pretty minded one too". The crisis comes as Helmer reads Krogstad's first letter fearing a public scandal, at that point he violently attacks Nora. But when he reads Krogstad's second letter, in which the threat is withdraw, Helmers true nature now stand clear to Nora that he is far from being the noble altruist she had imagined.Ibsen also showed the role of self sacrificial in women in the play. Christine Linde is a childhood friend of Nora, she sacrifices the true love of her life Krogstar and marries a man she does not love in order to support her dependent relatives, she said to Nora" my mother was still , she was bedridden and helpness. And I had my two young to look after as well I did not think I would be justified in refusing him (1687). Claire and...

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