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Reading Ibsens A Dolls House today one may find it difficult to imagine how daring it seemed at the time it was written Its theme the emancipation of a woman makes it seem almost contemporary Women were treated as possessions during the Victorian Era whereas today they are thought of as almost equals Nora Helmer is a perfect representation of the ideal Victorian wife One example of this is Torvald her husband forbidding her to eat any sweets She loves to eat macaroons but Torvald is afraid they will ruin her teeth so she feels that it is necessary to hide the fact that she eats them This allows the audience to know that the Helmers marriage is one not based on trust but rather control Torvald does not trust her with any finances he believes her to be his spendthrift971 This presents another example Torvalds pet names for his wife He calls her my squirrel970 and my sweet little lark972 this show how he does not think of her as an equal but rather his possession Unfortunately that is the way society regards a wife as her husbands possession A womans only responsibility is to her husband and her family she is not allowed to have any of her own debts or business associates if she has a husband to do it for her Nora knows this She has a debt that she has not told her husband about she has kept this from him for most of their marriage This type of thing is unheard of a woman has to tell her husband everything Nora believes however that if her secret ever comes out he would take the blame totally upon himself She believed this to be a miracle and she prayed for it to come true However when the truth of Noras debt does come out Torvald does the exact opposite He blames her worries about how it
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