A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen Essay

1068 Words Nov 16th, 2015 5 Pages
Since the beginning of humanity, women have been the subject of oppression. A long time ago, women were expected to stay home and care for the kids while the men go out and hunt for everyone else to eat. In modern times, women have become more independent but are still faced with oppression and are constantly treated differently than men are and have less rights on top of that. Anything that is somewhat feminine is now associated with a negative connotation. Carrying out an action “like a girl” is now considered an insult. Despite all of this though, feminism is becoming a more prominent thing everyday and women are slowly getting the rights that they deserve. In the play, “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen he uses the character Nora to criticize the inequality of gender roles. The tone Nora is spoken with throughout the book reveals society’s infantilization of women. When Nora is dancing in the ballroom, she tells Torvald not to open any letters. Dr.Rank agrees with Nora and Torvald says “The child shall have her way. But to-morrow night, after you have danced-” (Ibsen 48). Helmer refers to Nora outright as a child, making their already shaky marriage seem more like a babysitting job. It’s evident that Helmer doesn’t think of his wife as his actual wife, but more so it seems like a relationship between father and daughter. Mrs.Linde also refers to Nora as a child at the beginning of the book when they sat down to talk. Mrs.Linde says “How kind you are, Nora, to be…

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