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Henrik Ibsens A Doll House is a realistic play written in the mindset of realism Throughout the play lines of mockery and emphasis are present giving the audience the feeling of fakeness and showing them a particular depiction of women in the 19th century It is apparent that Ibsen set out to give a specific character Nora a role to play as the stereotypical 19th century woman continually showing her need for individuality and lack of dependency This is the main theme in A Doll House From the first lines of the show it is clear how Ibsen wants the audience to portray the role of women and continues to use this theme throughout the remainder of the show As the show progresses we see a parallel progression in the character of Nora She has been babied her entire life not only by her father but now by her husband Torvald whom only treats her as a pet not as a wife Her main struggle through the play is to find her independency and freedom as an individual This is difficult for her however for she has never had to strain to get anything Shes always had things handed to her and has always lived an over-comfortable lifestyle Even through her dialogue its easy to sense that all of her happiness is fake because she feels like a trapped animal just living life as its given to her instead of her taking the initiative to do things for herself As a result of this upbringing Nora is materialistic and impulsive Over the duration of the play however the development of Noras character shows the audience that her ways are only a cover for the emptiness she feels each day In the play we find out that she secretly negotiates a loan with Nils Krogstad in order to pay for a trip to Italy for her husbands illness and recovery Everyone thinks that Noras father funded
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