Essay on A Dolls House By Henrik Ibsen And A Streetcar Named Desire

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“A Dolls House” by Henrik Ibsen and “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams are two well known plays about the male and female roles in old society. They are set before women had rights of their own and the men believed themselves to be superior in every aspect, treating their women more like possessions than people. The man’s role in society was to get a job and work while the women stayed home and take care of housework. The female protagonists, Nora and Blanche, in the plays are very dependent on males. There are many similarities and differences between the character and theme between these two plays. The two plays a depict characters with an appearance different from their reality. In “A Dolls House,” Nora appears to be happy and content with her relationship with her husband, Torvald. Nora learns soon that her happiness has only been an illusion. When Torvald questions if she’s happy the response he gets is a surprise to him, “No, only merry. And you have always been so kind to me. But our home has been nothing but a playroom.” A metaphor to the life she has been living, she feels as if she’s Torvalds doll stuck in a dollhouse. Similar to Nora, Blanche appears to be something shes not. Coming to her sister Stellas house Blanche carries herself as sophisticate and pretentious, as someone of the Old South. In reality, she has a secret past of her husband committing suicide, a drinking problem, and a promiscuous personality. Both Nora and Blanche are…

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