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Nora Helmer and Women in American Literature Women were valued very little by nineteenth century society The treatment of these women was also extremely negative they were expected to stay home and fulfill domestic duties Literature of this time embodies and mirrors social issues of women in society Henrik Ibsen uses Nora Helmer in A Doll House to portray the negative treatment of all women throughout society during the nineteenth century Many women characters throughout American literature reflect the same conflicts and attitudes of Nora in Ibsens play A Doll House The role of a woman was inferior to that of a man especially in marriages The main duties of a woman were centered around the home They were expected to fulfill their domestic duties such as caring for the children cooking washing and cleaning the household She had the responsibilities of dealing with a household and she almost always had children to care for which required strength and knowledge however being able too fulfill marital duties and satisfying her husband brought satisfaction to some married women In the play A Doll House Nora too finds happiness in keeping her husband pleased She always play-acts for Torvald and she enjoys doing so Nora has the responsibility of dealing with household issues She basically oversees Anne-Marie who is the childrens nurse in caring for the three small children she is also responsible for doing household shopping as suggested in these lines come here so I can show you everything I boughtnew clothes for Ivar here--and a sword here a horse and a trumpet for BobAnd here I have dress material and handkerchiefs for the maids Old Anne Marie really deserves something more Ibsen 784 This proves that Nora does have responsibilities in her home and she is capable of effectively caring for the members of her family In Rose Terry Cookes How Celia Changed Her
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