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A Dolls House written by Henrik Ibsen is a play that focuses on the way that women are seen especially in the context of marriage and motherhood Torvald particularly has a very clear and narrow definition of a womans role He believes that it is the sacred duty of a woman to be a good wife and mother Moreover he tells Nora that women are responsible for the morality of their children In essence he sees women as both childlike helpless beings detached from reality and influential moral forces responsible for the purity of the world through their influence in the home Luce 360 The perception of manliness is also discussed though in a much more subtle way Noras description of Torvald suggests that she is partially aware of the lies inherent in the male role as much as that of the female Torvalds conception of manliness is based on the value of total independence He abhors the idea of financial or moral independence on anyone Katherine Rogers even goes to question if he is out of touch with reality Nora Helmer is the main character of the play She has never lived alone going immediately from the care of her father to that of her husband She is inexperienced in the ways of the world as a result of this sheltering Nora is impulsive and materialistic This play questions the extent to which these are mere masks that Nora uses to negotiate the patriarchal oppression she faces every day Luce 365 One major controversy that Nora faces is what she has done to save her husbands life While Torvald was deathly ill in Italy Nora was willing to do anything to save her husbands life after all that is what a good wife would do And so Nora borrowed money knowing that this was the only way that she could save her husband She had never told anyone before until she
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