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There are two kinds of spiritual law two kinds of conscience one in man and another altogether different in woman They do not understand each other but in practical life the woman is judged by mans law as though she were not a woman but a man This quote written by Henrik Ibsen quite perfectly describes the perception Ibsen has of women in his society around the late 1800s Many of the plays written by Henrik Ibsen have a main character that is a woman and that woman is somehow in a struggle with her own conscience This display of women in a state of self-struggle are presented greatly and obviously by Henrik Ibsen in the plays A Dolls House written in 1879 Ghosts written in 1881 and The Lady from the Sea written in 1888 Each play presents a woman who goes against all that is expected and socially acceptable of women in society in the late 1800s The women in the plays A Dolls House Ghosts and The Lady from the Sea present a dire need of self independence which includes the idea of making decisions not based on the male counterpartNora Helmer is the main character in the play A Dolls House Nora is the wife of a lawyer named Torvald Helmer who has recently been offered a high position in a bank From the beginning of the play we can see that Nora acts just like a child with her hiding the macaroons from Torvald just as a daughter might do with their father When Torvald realizes that Nora is home at the beginning of the play he says When did my squirrel get home Ibsen 2 and Nora quickly stuffs the bag of macaroons in her pocket and wipes her mouth Ibsen 2 Just by this quick dialogue between Torvald and Nora it is obvious that Nora has more of a role as Torvalds child rather than his wife Salome
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