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Defying Societies Roles For many years women have struggled and fought for their right to vote In 1920 women were granted this right which meant that the government acknowledged their role as citizens in society Before being legally declared citizens many women had already begun to gain their independence and freedom by defying their roles society had created for them No longer would they be the prisoner and their husbands the jailer These were women who had a deep longing for an independent lifestyle and discarded responsibilities Henrik Ibsens A Dolls House and Kate Chopins The Awakening are two examples of literature that portray characters that shed societies traditional roles Nora being so dependent on her husband Torvald is a reflection of the social tendencies at the time When Nora needs assistance with her Christmas party costume she says to Torvald I wont get anywhere without your help Helmer just eats this up and replies with You helpless little thingAct I pg 27 Helmer loves that she leans on him so much and often calls her the child Helmer feels he has absolute say over her because he regards her as a possession rather than a human being The theme of a womens influence over her husband is shown in the novel Nora holds a little power just because Torvald will actually listen to what she has to say but this power is extremely limited He only gives Kristine Linde a job at the bank to make Nora happy When Krogstad hints that she has a greater influence on her husbands decisions she is actually insulted She has learned her limits and doesnt in the least bit value her decision-making powers Helmers reasons for not keeping Krogstad are not based solely on the fact that he doesnt have a perfect past Helmer is worried about what people will think of him if they know
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