A Doll 's House : A Brief Note On Social, Cultural, Historical And Political Context

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A Doll’s House Coursework - 187
Social, Cultural, Historical and Political Context
As A Doll’s House was written in Norway’s first wave of Feminism there were very few supporters of it, meaning that many events in the play would have been shocking for the 19th Century audiences. Nora taking out a loan without her husband’s permission, and her leaving her husband are the two key events in the play that show how little independence women had thus being the most shocking. Ibsen was a supporter of Feminism and writing the play was an attempt to bring this to light. Religion played a key part in maintaining the patriarchy in the 19th Century as it was widely accepted that women were inherently evil as it was Eve who betrayed God. Despite being rarely mentioned in the play, this belief is emulated on page 100 of A Doll’s House. As the play is set around Christmas we explored Norwegian Christmas tradition to get a better insight on the cultural elements of the play. Christmas, in the play, is not referenced to be a religious holiday this is because the world was becoming more industrial and Capitalist as more people were focusing on material possessions.
To gain a better understanding of the characters and their circumstances we were in groups and were given a character to focus on. We focused on Dr Rank. We went through the play to find important characteristics of Dr Rank. For example; he smokes cigars, is a doctor so likely upper class and well dressed and from…

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