Essay A Doll’s House and The Giver

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It’s all around us, a highly structured system depicting our everyday life. It’s what we are all a part of and isn’t something one can simply escape. It is society. The norms of society influence our religious beliefs, hair, and clothing choices and even our way of thinking. Society is what determines what is right or wrong. People tend to follow the rules of society in order to fit in. Often one doesn’t realize they are even doing it, as participating in the ways and expectations of society is a daily occurrence. After reading A Doll’s House and The Giver, it was brought to my attention that society is often controlling and corrupt. Most individuals are oblivious to the fact because they don’t know any other way. Corruption is noticed by those who are more knowledgeable and perceptive. These people are the outliers of society. They tend to see beyond what meets the eye. As individuals come to better understand and learn about the corruption within society, their perspective on the world changes, leading them to challenge societal norms; this is evident in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and The Giver by Lois Lowry.

Nora, the main character, is a wife and mother who is seemingly dependent on her husband and acts in a childish manner. However, throughout the play, it becomes evident that Nora is very much so a round character. At the beginning, Nora is a doll of society. In other words, Nora let’s the expectations of society control how she acts and thinks. She cooks, she cleans, and most of all, she puts her husband Torvalds needs before herself. However, dealing with her husbands needs gets her in quite a bit of trouble with the law. Her first encounter, is when Krogstad, the man who gave her the loan, tells Nora how it …

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