Nora From A Doll House By Henrik Ibsen Essay

Nora from A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen and Edie from “How I Met My Husband” by Alice Munro, have to overcome obstacles in their lives to become independent women. Nora and Edie start out by being naive, child-like, and rely on a man. While the authors didn’t wrote their works to be feminist, the play and the short story shows feminism in the women of the work.

In the short story, Edie is still a teenager trying to become a woman and realizes there are two types of women in life. While Nora is an adult she still acts like a teenager, playing “hide and seek” with her children (Ibsen Act I 1108). They both show characteristics of childness and immaturity. They both try to cover their immaturity by acting like adults, but do not achieve it. In “How I Met My Husband,” when Chris appears offering rides on an airplane, Edie is scare to ride it like a child would, but does not admit her frightens “especially in front of children” (Munro 126). She tries to act mature in front of others when in reality she is not. In A Doll House, Nora tries to act like an adult when Krogstad comes to threaten her about the false signature she did to save her husband. Nora is afraid of what may happen, but doesn’t tell anything to Torvald because she is afraid of him like a child would be to a parent. Edie and Nora are afraid but won’t say anything and try to hide it.

Nora and Edie have to overcome their childness to mature. Edie sees that she can not be scare of the obstacles in life; she need to face them. Edie goes out and see Chris while the children are sleeping although it was irresponsible. She is able to take a step ahead. Nora overcomes her childness; she no longer is frightened because the crime she had done she can not understand how “a woman …

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…rvald would not do that. When the letter is read and she sees that Torvald only cares about him, Nora sees that Torvald would never save her he only want to be saved. Nora decides to leave him because she sees that he did not love her, and she needed to save herself and find her true self. Edie and Nora are “not just women arguing for female liberation; they are much more” (Templeton 30). They show that women should make their own life and succeed.

“How I Met My Husband and A Doll House can influence feminist movement. Joan Templeton argues in “The Doll House Backlash” that Ibsen did not wrote the play to be a feminist work, but like the short story they both show characters that represents feminist. Nora and Edie are characters that throughout the work arise to become two strong persons. They leave behind their childness, naive, and men to become independent women.

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