Systematic Societal Oppression Of A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

1049 Words Jan 7th, 2015 5 Pages
To begin, systematic societal oppression is incomprehensible by those who have not been inhibited by it, and therefore those that are unsympathetic toward the oppressed become oppressors through denial and neglect. This is exemplified through the patriarchal values of society in the past, where oppression of women was commonplace and viewed as just by the oppressors, men. Ibsen, in his society, saw the unequal hierarchy that existed in marriage in late nineteenth century Norway. Ibsen, being the father of modern realism, wrote a play to resolve this issue, and this play became A Doll’s House, which features a husband, Torvald, and his wife, Nora, living in a society that mirrors Ibsen’s. Throughout the text, the audience is plainly revealed to Nora’s loss of individuality and Torvald’s view of her as an object; Torvald beholds Nora as his doll. The belief that a woman is nothing more than a doll is incomprehensibly problematic, for the connotations of a doll include fragile, delicate, insubstantial; dolls only exist to be beautiful and for pleasure. This is extremely demeaning and oppressing for women. Furthermore, this belief of the patriarchy, that is perpetrated by Torvald, suppresses a woman’s, such as Nora’s, individuality and opinions. Furthermore, Torvald claims Nora as a possession when he asserts that she has “all that beauty- and it’s [his], all [his]” (Ibsen 97). Nora, like virtually every woman in society, is reduced to an object- a thoughtless,…

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