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Sometime after the publication of A Dolls House Henrik Ibsen spoke at a meeting of the Norwegian Association for Womens Rights He explained to the group I must decline the honor of being said to have worked for the Womens Rights movement I am not even very sure what Womens Rights are To me it has been a question of human rights A Dolls House is often interpreted by readers teachers and critics alike as an attack on chauvinistic behavior and a cry for the recognition of womens rights Instead its theme is identical to several of his plays written around the same time period the characters willingly exist in a situation of untruth or inadequate truth which conceals conflict and contradiction In A Dolls House Noras independent nature is in contradiction the tyrannical authority of Torvald This conflict is concealed by the way they both hide their true selves from society each other and ultimately themselves Just like Nora and Torvald every character in this play is trapped in a situation of unturth In Ghosts the play Ibsen wrote directly after A Dolls House the same conflict is the basis of the play Because Mrs Alving concedes to her ministers ethical bombardment about her responsibilities in marriage she is forced to conceal the truth about her late husbands behavior Like A Dolls House Ghosts can be misinterpreted as simply an attack on the religious values of Ibsens society While this is certainly an important aspect of the play it is not however Ibsens main point A Dolls House set a precedent for Ghosts and the plays Ibsen would write in following years It established a method he would use to convey his views about individuality and the pursuit of social freedom The characters of A Dolls House display Henrik Ibsens belief that although people have a natural longing for freedom they often do not act upon
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