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A play serves as the authors tool for critiquing society One rarely encounters the ability to transcend accepted social beliefs These plays reflect controversial issues that the audience can relate to because they interact in the same situations every day As late nineteenth century playwrights point out the flaws of mankind they also provide an answer to the controversy Unknowingly the hero or heroine solves the problem at the end of the play and indirectly sends a message to the audience on how to solve their own problem Henrik Ibsen and Anton Chekov both provide unique analysis on issues their culture never thought as wrong In the play A Dolls House Ibsen tackles womens rights as a matter of importance being neglected In his play he acknowledges the fact that in nineteenth century European life the role of the women was to stay home raise the children and attend to her husband Chekov illustrates the role of a dysfunctional family and how its members are effected Both of the aforementioned problems are solved through the playwrights recommendations and the actions of the characters In the plays A Dolls House and Uncle Vanya the authors use realism to present a problem and solution to controversial societal issues While both plays mainly concentrate on the negative aspects of culture there are positive facets explored by the playwrights In A Dolls House Henrik Ibsen focuses on the lack of power and authority given to women but through Nora we also see the strength and willpower masked by her husband Torvald To save her husbands life Nora secretly forges her fathers signature and receives a loan to finance a trip to the sea Noras naivety of the law puts her in a situation that questions her morality and dedication Nora is not aware that under the law she is a criminal She believes that her forgery is justified through her motive She is not a criminal
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