Essay on A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

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Women’s role throughout history roots itself in what she can do for others. She is the gatherer, the wife, and the mother, all these roles share is a single commonality . The fact that, until recent, she was never the provider. Social standards and conditioning forced women into subservient positions. Women were not allowed to provide for themselves, their place was to be the pretty object. They were to be watched and taken care of. A woman could not define herself as an individual, but rather as an object contingent on her husband, children, and household. In the 19th century Europe, while the industrial revolution was beginning the push for a woman to leave the home, the bourgeoisie clung to the old role of the woman, further encapsulating them in the role of the wife and mother. Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, also called Nora, directly addresses the place of women in bourgeois society. The play follows the titular character, Nora, as she struggles with keeping the secret of how she borrowed money to save her husband’s life and is working to play off the debt. Demonstrated by Nora’s conflict with her husband and society, Ibsen reacts to the beginning of a feminist movement, suggesting women have individuality, place, and identity as a woman, thus sparking an array of controversy from applause to a severe backlash . Nora’s place in society as a submissive, objectified, childish, plaything demonstrates itself from early in the play, and this oppressive position is what…

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