A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen Essay

1035 Words Sep 30th, 2016 5 Pages
Since the 1800’s, women around the world have been fighting to climb out from under the domineering hands of patriarchy. Male dominance was once seen as commonplace, and women were expected to set aside the silly dreams of a career or self- sufficiency. In Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, the negative effects of male dominance are clearly seen in the lives of Nora Helmer and her friend Christine Linde. The way these women were treated in the Norwegian society of the 1820’s led to weaknesses like submission in the presence of men, taking on multiple personalities in order to please others, and the inability to grow and prosper as an individual.
Nora Helmer grew up in a home where she submitted to the will of her father because he was the man of the house. He was the one who put dinner on the table and in return, his daughter was to do what he asked of her without question. Nora’s life with her husband Torvald was similar and he tried to appease her using pet names such as, “my little skylark,” and “little squirrel,” but in one exchange Helmer says, “Of course you couldn’t, little girl. You had the best of intentions to please us all, and that’s the main thing” (1042). From the beginning of the play we see how Torvald doesn’t see his wife as an equal and he believes that one of her fundamental purposes is to please the family in all her doings. Nora is willing to surrender to his will because, like she says in act III, “When I was at home with papa, he told me his opinion about…

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