Essay about A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

1164 Words Mar 18th, 2015 5 Pages
Due to their categorizations as a social tragedy and a comedy of manners, respectively, A Doll’s House and The Importance of Being Earnest are immediately identified with many differences. However, as a result of the plays’ intertwining themes that suggest the journey to contentment through the determination of a person to appease to pressures given by society will ultimately lead to that person’s downfall according to societal standards, a common ground is found. Ironically, it is the differences in the plays that reveal the connections, through the riddling of lies, a continued man versus society conflict, as well as the idea of self denial.
In A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, Nora, the protagonist is the driving force of the dramatic experience. The title alludes to the play being about a certain type of manipulation, because of the image of an actual doll house. It is later discovered that the play concerns the challenging of the typical gender roles of society. Despite the occasional hint of antifeminist undertones, Nora initially appears to be in control of each situation she is in. For example, in Act 1, Nora claimed to need money for unexplained reasons and simply asked her husband, Torvald Helmer, who then supplied what, was asked after being called a few pet names. This male submissive attitude corresponds to the feminism within the play, however it contradicts the antifeminism which is later supported by lines such as Helmer referring to Nora as being…

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