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I believe that first and foremost Im a human being just as youare 1607 In Henrik Ibsens scandalous drama A Dolls House thesacred institutions of marriage and family are shaken Ibsen detailselements of feminism through the actions of his characters includinggender inequality and female oppression These issues are evident whenexamining Noras submission in her relationship with her husbandTorvald Refusing to be used as a means to an end by her husband Noraleaves her home to embark on a journey to find her own worth as anindividual Nora Helmer is the perfect illustration of the ideal woman She embodiesthe flawless qualities that have come to be expected of every woman inpatriarchal societies She is compassionate sweet-tempered and mostimportantly submissive to her husband These characteristics are ofstereotypical views of women in the victorian era which was when ADolls House was written Torvald Noras husband treats his wife as if she is merely aplaything rather than a person He regulates what she eats how muchmoney she spends and what she wears He watches and criticizes her everymove He sees her simply as a doll at his command much the same wayNoras father treated her before she was married Nora explains When Ilived at home with Papa he gave me his opinion about everything and soI had all the same opinions and if I didnt I kept my mouth shutbecause he wouldnt have liked it He used to call me his doll-childand he played with me the way I played with my dolls1605-1607 Shewas passed on to her husbands house where she continued to live as ifshe were a puppet Neither her father nor her husband recognized herintelligence or stature She was plainly a woman who had no voice orlegal rights in the events her own life Throughout the play Torvald treats Nora with no respect He sees Noraas a little girl who knows nothing of what the outside world holdsbeyond the shops and bakeries This is present
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