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Page 1 Nora from A Dolls House and Adela from The House of Bernarda Alba were women who went against their male-dominated society Both Russia and Spain were not open to a womens movement They were highly oppressive societies for women and dictated a womens place is in the home Even though both women were held down by their culture they were able to free themselves by the end of the dramas going against the social standards of the time Women were second class citizens in Russia Women were considered more backward then men and ascribed a collection of negative qualities such as gossiping nagging and small-mindedness Despite those negative qualities their role in the household and family was important The mistress or gospozha of the house could not be replace by any one else since without her the house would be cold and inhospitable Priviliges in matters such as divorce inheritance and lawsuits were applied to a small percentage of women those of nobility clergy and mercantile estates Middle class such as Nora and peasant women continued to live under customary law The majority of women needed the signature of their husbands to receive a passport which allowed travel outside their villages Women were made to think that they were helpless without men They believed they could do nothing but keep up a household This is shown in Act One of A Dolls House where Nora asks Helmer her husband Torvald couldnt you take over and decide what I should be and plan my costume Helmer replied Ah is my stubborn little creature calling for a lifeguard Because it has been drilled into Noras head by society that she cannot survive without her husband her reply is Yes Torvald I cant get anywhere without your help Torvald is not a bad man it is Russian society that makes him treat his wife like a pet Women in Russia were never allowed to make
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