Masculine Hegemony In A Doll's House And Hedda Gabler

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I have always been interested in the reasoning behind what makes a person the way they are and what causes them to do what they do. With all the material studied in Humanities 100, I came to understand that society is the main cause for a person’s character and actions. Throughout the term I grew to understand the way people are affected by society and how it changes and affects the actions they take in their lives. All the materials read in this class have helped me learn to understand how society and parental figures can affect a person and their actions in life. In general, this term helped me learn and absorb information about the ways society’s expectations and pressures can potentially affect people’s character. The materials in this …show more content…
Before this class I had never discussed or thought of hegemony and it was a topic I’ve really taken from this class. Hegemony is the concept that certain social groups have dominance over others in society and I thought interesting of this topic especially when it comes to masculine hegemony. Masculine hegemony can specifically be found in two of Henrik Ibsen’s plays: A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler. Masculine hegemony is the concept that men are in a dominant social position over women and this concept is shown largely in Ibsen’s two plays. In A Doll’s House, Ibsen portrays Nora, the main character, as a housewife and mother who gets pushed into an oppressed role for her whole life due to two dominant male figures: her father and her husband. Nora, finally realizing how oppressed she has been her whole life, says: “I passed out of Daddy’s hands into yours…I lived by doing tricks for you, Torvald. But that’s the way you wanted it. You and Daddy did me a great wrong. It’s your fault that I’ve never made anything of my life” (Ibsen 80). A Doll’s House clearly recognizes the issue of women being oppressed by male figures due to masculine hegemony in …show more content…
These two plays were the first plays I have read that gave me a different outlook on feminism and the way women are seen and treated in society. Before this class, I never read texts for school having to do with gender roles or society roles in general, so I found it informative to finally read literature on this topic. As both of these plays portray the way a father figure affects a person, it caused me to wonder how people, specifically females, without father figures are affected. Through Ibsen’s two plays, I become more educated on gender roles and how women used to be treated and what role they now play in modern day society. The way Ibsen portrayed how women are treated in the 1800’s compared to the way women are treated today definitely gave me a sense of contentment as life for women has definitely improved. Looking over all the material read in this class, I feel as though I absorbed the most from Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House and Hedda

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