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A Dolls House Full of Tidy EndingsIt has been said that great works of drama have a universality about them a timelessness all their own Many important plays have similarities to one another regardless of the time in which they were written because of this fact Henrik Ibsens A Dolls House and Harvey Fiersteins On Tidy Endings are certainly no exception to that rule Although they were written over a hundred years apart they do show some similarities An examination of the main characters foil characters and taboo themes dealt with in each play will make these parities more visibleThemes are universal in nature A play can have themes about relationships family greed secrets among many others all of which have been around since the beginning of the storytelling tradition The themes dealt with in the plays On Tidy Endings and A Dolls House have more similarities than one might realize Firstly there is the fact that both plays deal with themes controversial in their times A Dolls House deals with the themes of a woman fulfilling her dreams and her dishonesty towards her husband infrequently discussed subjects in the late 1800s On Tidy Endings deals with the themes of AIDS and homosexual relationships which in the late 1980s was not a common topic of conversation This similarity is an important factor in the fame of both plays Another perhaps more obvious similarity in theme is that many of them are the same Relationships honesty family crises and letting go are all common and major themes to both A Dolls House and On Tidy EndingsIn addition to the themes the foil characters reveal similar information in the plays Although foil characters in general reveal similar information the similarities in A Dolls House and On Tidy Endings are more than just general Firstly the character of Mrs Linde in A Dolls House reveals Noras choices to her what she can do about her situation and what
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