A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen Essay

1244 Words Mar 13th, 2016 5 Pages
Double standards: the unspoken rules that say it’s okay for one person to act a certain way, but completely wrong for someone else. Double standards aren’t anything new. In fact, they have been around since humanity began. If women were strong, they were a threat to men. If men were strong, they were given power and highly praised. This same kind of idea is very prominent in A Doll’s House. The Norwegian play set in the 18th century focuses very heavily on the idea of gender roles, and the different ways people are treated for doing the exact same things. Henrik Ibsen wrote this play to point out this injustice of the double standards between men and women during this time, and between women who were and weren’t married. There are only two female leads in A Doll’s House, one being the main character, Nora Helmer, and the other her childhood friend, Christine Linde. When these two women meet up for the first time since their childhood days, the differences are immediately made clear. Nora, as the woman with the middle class husband and a housewife, immediately takes a hold of the conversation and only wishes to talk about “light fancy work: crochet, and embroidery, and things of that sort”(Ibsen 5). Whereas Linde, humbled by her lack of children and the fact that she is now a widow carefully agrees with Nora, and tends to follow her lead in the conversation. This is in most part due to the fact that Linde, although the same age as Nora, must be more mature since she must…

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