Inequalities Between Men And Women In A Doll's House By Henrik Ibsen

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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). …show more content…
There are many single women who choose themselves and their children over an abusive, and unfair household. Reading Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll House” today, a reader can see how far women’s rights have come to. Regardless of various family issues women have to face today, in the end there is always a way out. It took Nora very long to realize how toxic her relationship with Torvald was, and when she decided to finally leave him Torvald was in shock. In today’s world, a woman does not have to portray herself as her husband wants her to be, as shown in the play, “NORA: Your squirrel would run about and do all her tricks if you would be nice, and do what she wants” (Ibsen …show more content…
The way Torvald speaks to his wife, referring to her by nicknames shows that there is no respect in their relationship. His wife is like his kid, however, in the present day it is normal for a couple to be partners and equals. Nora does not full break away from the patriarchal relationship with her husband, she seeks refuge with her friend Dr. Rank that is terminally ill. As mentioned by Natalie DeVaull, “Nora does not, as critics assert, definitively break from the “patriarchal Christian tradition” to enter “a very dark night” of “destitution and loneliness” (DeVaull 275). Ibsen created the foundation of a patriarchal society in the play, to expose the defects of it in the 19th century. Like writer Simone De Beauvoir, mentioned in “Second Sex” a woman is viewed as a “hindrance or a prison”(De

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