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In A Dolls House Ibsen presents a view of the world that is unconventional to say the least He breaks from tradition to compose a play that deals with what were at the time controversial social issues and he presents a view of these issues that was highly unpopular In A Dolls House as well as in many of his other plays from his modern period Ibsen was criticized because he dared to break new ground and to challenge the accepted values of his society So was Ibsens play a feminist work devoted to helping women in society or was it designed to show a different perhaps more universal message Many critics who have read seen and commented on A Dolls House have stated that it is most definitely a feminist work However Ibsen himself never forthrightly said that his play was indeed feminist Yet something in the play obviously disturbed the man driven society of his time In fact several theater productions decided to change the ending of A Dolls House in order to make it more acceptable I believe that there is no denying the presence of feminist views characters and actions in the play However I am not convinced that feminism was Ibsens main message in the play In order to find the feminist views in the play we must first define feminism Feminism can be defined according to Merriam Websters Collegiate Dictionary as the theory of political economic and social equality of the sexes If you had never before read A Dolls House and you opened it up to read Act 1 your first reaction would be This is one of the most sexist things I have ever heard You wouldnt be able to understand how anyone could call this play a feminist work You are quickly introduced to the two main characters Torvald The dominant wise caring smart and prosperous husband and Nora the meek submissive
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