Essay about A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

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Henrik Ibsen is known for his tendentious style of writing, which he was criticized for during the 19th century. His play, A Doll’s House, was criticized for being anti-marriage, which Ibsen thought was absurd. “If they want an anti-marriage play, I’ll give them one,” he said. Since he was upset by that comment it caused him to write Ghosts, which he intended to be an anti-marriage play.
An anti-marriage is seen in this context as a fall from the structure that a common marriage has. An average marriage is seen as: being loyal, faithful, having commitments, and not leaving when things get rough, having some kind of unity. While an anti-marriage is seen as breaking all of those vows and values marriage typically has. In A Doll’s House, Trovald and Nora’s marriage is seen as being an anti-marriage because Nora ends up leaving Trovald in the end. People saw this as ludicrous because during that time period it was uncommon for a wife to leave her family, let alone her husband. Ibsen did not intend for A Doll’s House to be an anti-marriage play. I agree with him that it is not an anti-marriage play. Throughout the whole play, there were problems in the marriage but Nora stayed and was still married to Trovald. In the end, when Nora realized her flaws in her marriage, that is when she left her family.
Ghosts is more of an example of an anti-marriage play because all of the marriages are tarnished in some aspect to begin with. For example, Captain Alving had an affair while being…

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