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The movement from nineteenth-century Romanticism to twentieth-century Realism in art and literature sought to accurately reflect real life instead of idealizing it Playwrights all over Europe and America rebelled against the established standards of a well-made play They shocked as well as horrified their audience by abstaining from writing a resolution or an ideal ending in their plays These innovators insisted on presenting social issues in a dramatic scenario and imposed their discussions onto their audience Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen the Father of Realism was one of the main advocates for social revolution He was notorious for weaving controversial topics into his plays as well as for including female leads He knew very well that societys oppression over women was a prime example of the hamper it placed over every persons potential Writing about women allowed him to make a universal call not only to women but to every sentient being His plays cried out for the individuals emancipation In A Dolls House Ibsen portrayed the altruistic nature instilled into women by society the consequential stunt of their development and the need for them to find their own voice in a world dominated by men For ages society has taught women to set aside their own needs and to focus on those of her husband and children Women have been forced to be passive gentle creatures who must also be willing to sacrifice themselves for others Nora the protagonist in the play expresses her intention in protecting her husband at any price Torvald with all his masculine pride--how painfully humiliating for him if he ever found out he was in debt to me Nora will not admit to Torvald that she has saved his life for he will most likely acquire an inadequacy complex for his inability to be in control over every aspect of his life She prefers to be deprived of the credit she deserves than to hurt Torvalds manly ego
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