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Henrik Ibsen author of A Dolls House portrays women holding a sacrificial role in a mans society in all economic classes In an exceedingly patriarchal society men thought status reputation and income extremely important to be uphold They needed to be seen as leading figures in their homes and in the community Women constrained by society were at a distant second thought to be merely possessions marital chattel Archer 223 William Archer a Scottish dramatist and drama critic of the London stage in the late nineteenth century Torvald said A secure job and a good income - isnt it wonderful Ibsen 1512 showing he has a clear understanding that in his society security is highly valued But is was equally natural that a business man would at the fist blush of things be very angry at the idea of forgery connected with his spotless name Scott 222 Clement Scott a theater critic for the Daily Telegraph from 1871 to 1898 These words are said in a conversation with Nora but rather out of place changing the subject of his loving family to himself Self-image and reputation are a prime Cox 2 concern of Torvald This is exemplified when he says no man would sacrifice his honor for the one he loves 1553 As the plays title alludes to Torvald is very possessive of Nora treating her diminutively when he addressed her as little songbird doll baby and lark Other times he addressed her as My darling No one elses My sweetheart my treasure Using the repetition of the word my shows Torvalds true possessive nature In the first and second acts Nora responds favorably to the attention she receives from her beauty dancing and reciting At that time she believed that her relationship with Torvald was truly satisfying Noras initial conversation with Kristine was the first sign that she was longing for something more When she said But it was thrilling too to be sitting
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