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A play serves as the authors tool for critiquing society One rarely encounters the abilityto transcend accepted social beliefs These plays reflect controversial issues that theaudience can relate to because they interact in the same situations every day As latenineteenth century playwrights point out the flaws of mankind they also provide ananswer to the controversy Unknowingly the hero or heroine solves the problem at theend of the play and indirectly sends a message to the audience on how to solve their ownHenrik Ibsen and Anton Chekov both provide unique analysis on issues their culturenever thought as wrong In the play A Dolls House Ibsen tackles womens rights as amatter of importance being neglected In his play he acknowledges the fact that innineteenth century European life the role of the women was to stay home raise thechildren and attend to her husband Chekov illustrates the role of a dysfunctional familyand how its members are effected Both of the aforementioned problems are solvedthrough the playwrights recommendations and the actions of the characters In the playsA Dolls House and Uncle Vanya the authors use realism to present a problem andsolution to controversial societal issuesWhile both plays mainly concentrate on the negative aspects of culture there are positivefacets explored by the playwrights In A Dolls House Henrik Ibsen focuses on the lack ofpower and authority given to women but through Nora we also see the strength andwillpower masked by her husband Torvald To save her husbands life Nora secretlyforges her fathers signature and receives a loan to finance a trip to the sea Norasnaivety of the law puts her in a situation that questions her morality and dedication Norais not aware that under the law she is a criminal She believes that her forgery is justifiedthrough her motive She is not a criminal like Krogstad because his crime was simply amoral failing and not for the good of his family A morally unjustified crime is the onlytype of crime
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