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When the play A Dolls House by Henrik Ibsen was first performed society was much different and the play shocked many people Today we dont have quite the same problem but a deeper look at the meaning of the play reveals that it is about problems themselves not a specific issue Perhaps a play about gay parenting internet privacy or AIDS in the workplace can strike chords of concern in our contemporary audience and Ibsens works perhaps should be viewed in light of their impact upon social awareness rather than as purely historical pieces If Noras story seems somewhat archaic to us because of our own enlightenment then we can in a sense thank Ibsen for his pioneering work as a social conscience Rather what the play symbolizes about our needs in society to communicate and to work towards understanding and tolerance are much more important issues to a modern day audience It makes us wonder can we still learn from Ibsen Yes we can Many modern day values are presented in this family Money is still such a vital role in society If you dont have it your worthless and if you do you are nice to have around People need money and still today they will go out of their way to get it At the time Ibsens wrote and presented this play it was unheard of that a women COULD leave her family in pursuit of herself and her own happiness Nowadays this idea is commonplace Ibsen showed that women were first people not just dolls not a play thing for her husband And that women are intelligent and had others needs then raising a family and taking care of the home A women of this century might be taken aback by the idea that a mother left her children and yet at the same time yearn for her own dreams to get
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