Henrik Ibsen’s “a Doll’s House” - Feminism Essay

1453 Words Jul 23rd, 2012 6 Pages
“Feminism” Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” is a play about a young wife and her husband. Nora and Helmer seem to be madly in love with one another and very happy with their lives together. Yet the conflict comes into this show when Nora brags to her friend Ms. Linde about how she had forged her father’s name to borrow money to save her husband’s life and how she had been secretly paying off this debt. Helmer finds out about this crime and is furious, until he finds that no one will ever know about it. This entire conflict is written to bring to light the ridiculous social expectations demanded of both women and men. Ibsen expertly leads the audience into accepting that these social expectations are foolish and wrong. The audience …show more content…
In the early history of America, a man owned his wife and children as he did with all the materialistic wealth. The mother was defenseless and had no say in the matter. Some of the communities changed the law and allowed women to act as lawyers, sue for property, and to own property in their own names. This was all possible only if the husband agreed to it. “In 1900 in Western countries there were very few occupations open to women, apart from agriculture (on small family farms). Many poorer women had to do factory work (between pregnancies), or worse still, take poorly paid jobs in service industries (catering, cleaning and so on). In 1900 in many countries a large number of women were employed in domestic service. The main better ('middle class') jobs available were school teaching and nursing, followed increasingly by secretarial jobs kinds and also work as telephonists. (Telephone exchanges were manual in 1900). There were also a handful of women university teachers in 1900, but really only a handful, as very few women went to college then.” (WIKI, 2007) In colonial America, women who earned their living usually became seamstresses or kept boardinghouses. Some of the women of that time had jobs that were meant for the men of that time. Professions like doctors, lawyers, preachers, teachers, writers, and singers. By the early nineteen-century, women were restricted from working in factory and domestic work. Women were

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