Essay about A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

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In the play, A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, the theme of gender roles is a major issue throughout the play. During the period of the play (the late 1800’s), society’s view of gender roles was seen in the view of a patriarchal home; where the male is dominant over the female. The role of women in a patriarchal society leads to the sacrifice of a woman’s wants and desires, which create conflicts in the home and cause women to abandon of families. In a patriarchal society, women were forced to marry a man, have children, and to care for the household and the children. Women were forced to sacrifice their freedom and independence to obey and be controlled by men. In the play, Nora is married to Torvald, who views of the roles of gender are based on the idea of a patriarchal society. Nora is forced to obey and be submissive to her husband and to give up her freedom and independence. When Nora is talking to the nanny who raised both her and her children, Nora asks the nanny if she regrets giving up her child to raise her and her children, the maid states “What, when I was going to get such a good place by it? A poor girl who has got into trouble should be glad to.”(Act 2 scene 1). The nanny was forced to sacrifice her child in order to support herself by getting a job. The nanny believes that she made the right choice because she was able to help Nora who had been raised astray. The nanny was also forced to give up her child because in society, if a woman is unmarried, it was…

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