Essay on A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

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Henrik Ibsen, author of one of the greatest drama plays A Doll House, is said this piece of work is a feminist play. Feminism is defined as a “collection of movements aimed at defining, establishing and defending equal political, economic, and social rights and equal opportunities for women”, according to Dictionary.com. Did Ibsen produce A Doll House to be a feminist play? No matter what or how much propaganda feminist have made toward A Doll House, Ibsen, never wanted to produce a play concerning women’s rights, but that is very arguable. R.M. Adams explains, in an article which commemorates the half century of Ibsen’s death, “A Doll House represents a woman imbued with the idea of becoming a person, but it fails to propose anything …show more content…
According to Rolf Fjelde in his article Introduction to A Doll House, at the time the play was published Ibsen strongly supported women’s rights. February of 1879, Ibsen asked the male majority of the Scandinavian Club in Rome that the female members be approved the same voting rights as the men, but was defeated so he dared them to assert that in any possible way women were inferior to men whether it by background, intellect, comprehension or artistic skills. Talking before the Norwegian League for Women’s Rights, he stated: “I am not a member of the Women’s Right League. Whatever I have written has been without any thought of making propaganda. I have been more the poet and less the social philosopher than people generally seem inclined to believe… My task has been the description of humanity.” (475).
Throughout the play Nora seems as if she is enslaved by Torvald in financial terms and she has her freedom when she is given money by Torvald since he is the provider in their house. It stands out like a sore thumb that the “function of women in this society was not “natural” but artificial, a role created by their relationship to the family and their subservience to men.” (1768). The majority of people get swept off their feet by popular opinions, and not thinking hard enough if what is happening is the right choice for themselves. To Ibsen all people

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