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A Dolls House is classified under the second phase of Henrik Ibsens career It was during this period which he made the transition from mythical and historical dramas to plays dealing with social problems It was the first in a series investigating the tensions of family life Written during the Victorian era the controversial play featuring a female protagonist seeking individuality stirred up more controversy than any of his other works In contrast to many dramas of Scandinavia in that time which depicted the role of women as the comforter helper and supporter of man A Dolls House introduced woman as having her own purposes and goals The heroine Nora Helmer progresses during the course of the play eventually to realize that she must discontinue the role of a doll and seek out her individuality David Thomas describes the initial image of Nora as that of a doll wife who revels in the thought of luxuries that can now be afforded who is become with flirtation and engages in childlike acts of disobedience 259 This inferior role from which Nora progressed is extremely important Ibsen in his A Dolls House depicts the role of women as subordinate in order to emphasize the need to reform their role in society Definite characteristics of the womens subordinate role in a relationship are emphasized through Noras contradicting actions Her infatuation with luxuries such as expensive Christmas gifts contradicts her resourcefulness in scrounging and buying cheap clothing her defiance of Torvald by eating forbidden Macaroons contradicts the submission of her opinions including the decision of which dance outfit to wear to her husband and Noras flirtatious nature contradicts her devotion to her husband These occurrences emphasize the facets of a relationship in which women play a dependent role finance power and love Ibsen attracts our attention to these examples to highlight the overall subordinate role that a woman plays compared to that of
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