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A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen is a play that was written ahead of its time In this play Ibsen tackles womens rights as a matter of importance Throughout this time period it was neglected A Doll House was written during the movement of Naturalism which commonly reflected society Ibsen acknowledges the fact that in 19th century life the role of the woman was to stay at home raise the children and attend to her husband Nora Helmer is the character in A Doll House who plays the 19th woman and is portrayed as a victim Michael Meyers said of Henrik Ibsens plays The common denominator in many of Ibsens dramas is his interest in individuals struggling for and authentic identity in the face of tyrannical social conventions This conflict often results in his characters being divided between a sense of duty to themselves and their responsibility to others1563 All of the aspects of this quote can be applied to the play A Doll House in Nora Helmers character who throughout much of the play is oppressed presents an inauthentic identity to the audience and throughout the play attempts to discovery her authentic identity The inferior role of Nora is extremely important to her character Nora is oppressed by a variety of tyrannical social conventions Ibsen in his A Dolls House depicts the role of women as subordinate in order to emphasize their role in society Nora is oppressed by the manipulation from Torvald Torvald has a very typical relationship with society He is a smug bank manager With his job arrive many responsibilities He often treats his wife as if she is one of these responsibilities Torvald is very authoritative and puts his appearance both social and physical ahead of his wife that he supposedly loves Torvald is a man that is worried about his reputation and cares little about his wifes feelings Nora and Torvalds relationship on the outside
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