Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll 's House Essay

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In A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, people today can clearly see how Torvald mistreats his wife Nora. He treats her like a pet and calls her by little nicknames that are not appropriate for someone such as your wife. For example in the opening scene he says to her, “Is it my little squirrel bustling about?”(Ibsen), this is something people today find to be completely sickening but then it was a thing that was common and accepted. During the time it was written people acted in the exact opposite way people today do. This is all due to a change in the role of women in our society. Despite the large time frame between now and when A Doll’s House was written/first performed, we the viewers/readers still find it chilling in some way. Whether it’s in a sense of disagreement on Torvald’s part or Nora’s. It is said that “Ibsen’s play sent a ripple of upheaval through the European and American social structure.”(Keiler 1) It was also said by Bordman that, “probably no foreign dramas caused debate so prolonged and impassioned as did the emergence of Ibsen’s Norwegian plays in the American theatre.” (135) I feel like this is still happening thing today when people view it, but not for the same reasons as it was back in the 1800’s. People then had a totally different point of view of how women should participate as well as how they should be treated in society.

During Ibsen’s time and the time this play was released, reactions to A Doll’s House were uproars and complete…

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