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In the nineteenth century also known as the Victorian era society valued women very insignificantly regarding them with extreme negativity Examples of this would be that women were expected to stay home fulfill domestic duties and take a subordinate position towards their husbands Literature of this time embodies and mirrors social issues of women in society A Dolls House a play by Henrik Ibsen while written in this time period introduces a female protagonist as having her own purposes and goals The heroine Nora Helmer progresses during the course of the play eventually to realize that she must discontinue the role of a doll or even the immature person that she is despite her age and seek out her independence The Horse Whisperer a novel by Nicolas Evans comments on many cultural issues that women face in the twentieth century By now women have established the same social economic and political status as men However individuality still remains a serious impediment and this time it becomes an obstacle to women at a much earlier age With intensity protagonist Grace Maclean experiences every emotion imaginable with life She deals with emotions of confusion depression and individualism in a very short period of time More importantly Evans shows the transition of Grace from a child to an adult In A Dolls House definite characteristics of the womens subordinate role in a relationship during the nineteenth century are emphasized through Noras contradicting actions Her infatuation with luxuries such as expensive Christmas gifts contradicts her resourcefulness in scrounging and buying cheap clothing her defiance of Torvald by eating forbidden Macaroons contradicts the submission of her opinions including the decision of which dance outfit to wear to her husband and Noras flirtatious nature contradicts her devotion to her husband All attention is devoted towards her There there My little singing bird mustnt go drooping her wings eh Has it got the sulks that little squirrel of mine 560
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