A Doll House By Henrik Ibsen Essay

754 Words Nov 8th, 2015 4 Pages
"A Doll House’symbolizes gender inequality while using an underlying feminist theme to describe the growth of Nora Helmer throughout all three acts. “Henrik Ibsen born 1828, was Norway’s foremost dramatist” (Kirszner, Mandell 1137). According to the textbook, Henrik Ibsen wrote the play, “A Doll House,” in 1879, and this play “marks the beginning of Ibsen’s successful realist period where he explored the lives of small-town people” (Kirszner, Mandell 1137). According to the textbook, the play is based on facts in which “a woman borrowed money to help her husband. The authorities discover her fraud, and when her husband finds out about her duplicity, he demands a divorce”(1137). Henrik Ibsen uses the characters in his play to illustrate how men and the law treated the women of Norway in the 1800’s. The textbook described how “women in the nineteenth century were treated by law as no better than children”(1137). The play,“A Doll House” illuminated the cause of gender inequality by exposing women’s inability to borrow money, and how wives were at the mercy of their husbands for financial support.
According to the textbook, “women could not vote and could not borrow money in her name, and when she married, her finances were placed under the control of her husband” (Kirszner and Mandell 1138). In Act I, Nora confided to Mrs. Linde about the fraudulent loan, “and then I dropped a hint he could take out a loan. He said I was frivolous, and it was his duty not to indulge me in…

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