Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll 's House Essay

1786 Words Jul 2nd, 2016 8 Pages
In Henrik Ibsen’s play “A Doll’s House”, Ibsen portrays the roles of society and gender inequalities between men and women of the time. While reading the play, the reader has an eye opening view on the inequalities of men and women, and the idea of feminism. The play reveals the relationships, and ideals between both women, and men. The main character Nora Helmer struggles to keep up with the societal gender roles, and be the best wife she can be, to her conservative husband. The play revolutionized the way women were portrayed, as mentioned by Michael Levenson; “A Doll 's House created a sensation, as its performances spread through Europe in the 1880s. It confirmed and heightened the feminist struggle and attracted as many enemies as friends”(Levenson). Ibsen created the symbolism of “the doll house” which is Nora Helmer’s ideal household, which includes her children and the husband. Nora tries to achieve, throughout the play, the most idealistic household that is created for her by society and her husband Torvald Helmer. Everything in the family has to be perfect for Torvald, including a dollhouse, a doll wife, and doll children he created that follow all the norms of the corrupt society of that time. The total opposite is Nora’s close childhood friend, Mrs. Linde that strives to become the best she can be. She came to Nora, looking for a job in Torval’s bank. Christine Linde is a woman that Ibsen included in the play to show that women can be alone and survive without…

Related Documents