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The Statement of the Liberation of Women as Shown in A Dolls HouseIn reading Ibsens A Dolls House today a person could find it hard to imagine how daring it seemed when Ibsen wrote it over one hundred years ago A main subject of this play is the emancipation of women from the restrictions that society and men place on them When Ibsen wrote this play he was making a statement about a womans role in Victorian society That statement is that society should allow women to be independent and that women should free themselves from the restrictions that society places on them In Act I there are many clues that let us know what kind of marriage Nora and Torvald have It seems like Nora is controlled by her husband in every way She relies on Torvald for every thing in her life from the way she thinks to the way that she gets money from him Torvald surely we can afford to be extravagant now cant we Just a teeny-weeny bit You are getting quite a good salary now and you are going to earn lots and lots of moneyMoneyTen twenty thirty forty Oh thank you thank you Torvald Ibsen 1416The most obvious example of Torvalds control over Nora is his reteaching of the tarantella Nora pretends that she needs Torvald to teach her every move in the dance While reading the story we can see that Nora already knows the dance This shows us the submissiveness that Nora has when it comes to Torvald After he teaches her the dance Torvald says as I watched you darting and swaying in the tarantella my blood was on fire Ibsen 1458This shows how Torvald is more interested in Nora physically than emotionally When Nora responds to Torvald by saying Go away Torvald Leave me alone I wont have itIbsen 1458 Torvald responds to her by saying Arent I your husband Ibsen1458 By saying
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