A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen Essay

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During the Victorian period women lived in a time defined by gender inequality. Women had barely any social, legal, or political rights that western women now a days take for granted. In the 19th century the outside world became a place for men, while a private domestic sphere became better “suited” for women. During the time a new ideology was encouraged by literature and the media called “the cult of domesticity”. The cult of domesticity stated that there are four attributes a woman should have to be the “Angel in the Household”: piety, purity, be submissiveness, and domesticity. In Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, he writes about what he believes the “expectations” for women as the “Angel in the household”, the role of society has on an individual, and the need for women’s independence. In the play A Doll’s House, Ibsen’s depicts what he believes the “expectations” for women are as the “Angel in the household”. Our main character, Nora Helmer, seems to be the stereotypical “Angel in the household”, who strives to be the perfect woman that is set by the standards of society and her husband, Torvald who she has been married to for eight years so it can be assumed she remained pure until marriage. In the beginning of the play Nora is visited by an old friend, Mrs.Linde, who has recently become a widow. During their talk Nora expresses domesticity when she explains her satisfaction with her husband working and bringing home money while she tends to her kids, "He is to…

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