Essay about Henrik Ibsen 's Doll House

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Ibsen’s Doll House A doll is inanimate, lifeless, and obsolete, a toy and entertainment for those who are typically not dealing with real world problems. These dolls roamed aimlessly throughout society without a care or impact before the feminist and gender equality movement struck their minds (Orjaaeter 29). Rene Descartes peered form a third floor window in 1641 and described the people walking along the streets below him, since then the picture of a living doll has been used in the edges of gothic horror, romanticism, and realism (Moi 266). Henrik Ibsen grew up in Norway and from the time he was 15 he had to work to support his family due to his father’s business failing. He became the assistant stage manager at the Norwegian Theatre in Bergen where he learned his craft and in his writing it is evident where his inspiration came from due to the way his characters parallel those from Danish and French melodramas (Templeton 827-828). Ibsen writes about injustice within the everyday household creating a perfect example of a modernist play which contains a, “critique of idealism entwined with a turn to the everyday, a celebration of threatre combined with a fierce analysis of everyday theatricality and a preoccupation with the conditions of love in modernity” (Moi 256). Henrik Ibsen shows the progression of the social injustice in "A Doll 's House" within the dynamics between men and women through the stage direction using devices such as demeaning and harsh diction to…

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