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The Awakening vs A Dolls House Just because a novel is considered a classic doesnt mean the messages it conveys to its readers are correct Even though both The Awakening by Kate Chopin and A Dolls House by Henrik Ibsen are great literary works some of the ideas embodied in them arent appropriate Both works suggest that it is common for husbands to be condescending to their wives that if a person has enough money they can have someone else raise their children for them and that if a marriage gets hard the couple should just give up on each other Taking the stories for their literary qualities alone they are both quite good Both novels are very well written Chopin and Ibsen developed their characters well used excellent imagery and told interesting stories Both shared their strong convictions even though they knew their ideas werent popular The strong beliefs that are shared in these stories are part of what makes them classics However some of the ideas that are portrayed in these works arent ideas readers should assume to be true or good The first of these is the theory that husbands will most likely treat their wives as inferiors after they are married In A Dolls House Torvald is blatantly condescending to Nora He calls her his little squirrel or little skylark and requires her to do tricks to please him In addition he treats her like a child a feather head who cant understand anything important In The Awakening Leonce is more subtle in his mistreatment of his wife He tries to control Edna by pushing his point until she does what he wants He also tries to make her feel bad about herself For example he tells her she isnt a good mother to their sons Although this type of behavior is condemned in both of these stories just
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