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In A Doll House and Death and the Maiden the husband betrays the wife In a marriage the husband and wife are constantly supposed to be there for each other However in A Doll House and Death and the Maiden this is not always the case A Doll House is a drama written by Henrik Ibsen portraying the relationships between a family and their acquaintances as well as the events that affect these relationships Death and the Maiden is a play about a womans determination to seek revenge for the horrible acts committed to her many years ago In both plays the wives were mistreated by their husbands in their everyday lives as well as in the climax of the story In A Doll House and Death and the Maiden the husband betrays the wife by not supporting her and not treating her fairly In A Doll House and Death and the Maiden the husband is condescending to the wife In A Doll House Torvald Helmer is very patronizing to his wife Nora who he treats like a child He believes she cannot do anything by herself as she is a little helpless thing pg91 At the end of the play when Nora is explaining her plans to leave Torvald retorts Oh you blind incompetent child pg 110 He also tells her You think and talk like a silly child pg 112 Torvald behaves in such a condescending manner towards her that she takes on the role of a child to him She tells him You know I could never think of going against you pg 47 and Yes whatever you say Torvald pg 44 much like a child would tell his or her parent Torvald does not treat Nora as an equal and is forever talking down to her He once asked her Are your scatterbrains off again pg 44 He also makes sexist comments when she is acting silly For example when Nora
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