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Medea in Medea and Nora in A Dolls House are both women who seem to suffer badly at the hands of their husbands in two male-dominated societies the former in ancient Greece the latter in nineteenth century Norway Each does something important for her husband involving personal sacrifice for which she expects certain treatment in return but when this is not forthcoming how do they react Do they accept the roles of conventional wives demure and weak Or do they rebel and behave unconventionally Medeas culture dictated that women had almost no rights and were regarded as little more than possessions we have to buy a husband and what we buy is someone to lord it over our body Although Noras culture allowed women more rights they were still forbidden certain privileges for example a wife cant borrow without her husbands consent This shows the male dominated societies the two women lived in and the inferior role the wife was expected to play Medea was not however quite the conventional female of her culture for she is described as a lioness not human wilder than Tyrrhenian Scylla Her use of masculine language - I would rather fight three times - suggests she is almost male despite being a model wife of her time I have borne you sons Nora also acts unconventionally for her era borrowing without her husbands consent but is still a stereotypical wife in a sense playing with her children and being her husbands inferior a featherbrain and skylark The sacrifices made by Medea for her husband Jason are considered evil arts in her society and cause her banishment It is interesting to note that Medea made those sacrifices because her heart was smitten with love for Jason She even lists them to Jason it was I who killed the sleepless serpent I betrayed my father and my home I killed King Pelias The severity
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