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The ending of any artistic work always either leaves the audience surprised or satisfied Henrik Ibsen was forced to write a different ending for the play A Dolls House because German society was not yet ready for his surprisingly controversial and unconventional idea of a woman leaving her housewife duties to fulfill a personal need The theme of this play Very often individuals caught in restrictive settings must emancipate themselves even if it means that they will lose everything in the process is better satisfied with Ibsens original ending At the time the play was written a woman was bound by her womanly duties to be a proper mother and a loving and supportive wife to her husband Nora is also bound by that societal code of womanly conduct in the play unless she leaves Helmer her home and her children Noras duty to be a typical Norwegian woman creates a fictitious prison for her in which Helmer controls her Ibsen creates his restrictive setting from this invisible law Noras sole purpose is to please Helmer and do all the things he likes1 Nora does not have a say in family affairs she isnt even able to open the mailbox because only her husband has the key2 Nora basically lives in a prison with restricted freedom Throughout the play the setting is the home which emphasizes This the fact that Nora rarely leaves her prison Nora always stays in the house or goes to parties and places so that she can satisfy the whims of Helmer When she finally resists Helmers sexual request he tries to resolve the problem by simply telling her that hes her husband3 She is like a doll living in a dollhouse and she will never be independent unless if she leaves everything and starts a new life on her own In the original ending Nora does leave everything she thought she had known for eight years When Helmer
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