The Book Of Negroes By Lawrence Hill And A Doll ‘s House By Henrik Ibsen

“The cost of freedom is always high. One path we shall never choose is the path of surrender and submission.” – John F. Kennedy. Often in works of literature protagonists must overcome obstacles throughout their life/story. The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill and A Doll ‘s House by Henrik Ibsen are no stranger to this story telling design. It is clearly composite within The Book of Negroes as well as A Doll ‘s House that the protagonists of both works run through a parallel of obstacles which lead them both to the same hierarchical understanding, and end. Throughout both works it becomes evident that Aminata and Nora are both being suppressed by outside figures. As the stories progresses, it becomes more apparent to the reader that both Aminata and Nora are not genuinely satisfied with their lives. When it is realized by the protagonists that their lives are not what they aspired to be, both women take action and strive to change it.

At the age of 11, Aminata´s freedom was taken away. Since then, she started living a life of suppression. For many years, she was treated as a possession by “white people”, the owners of the farm where she resided. ” ‘Who owns you? ‘ he said. ‘Master. ‘ ‘I say who owns you? ‘” (Hill, 161) Throughout the years she lived in Appleby´s plantation the reader can appreciate how Aminata was treated as a slave and possession. At the same time, Nora also experienced suppression by another outside figure, her husband Torvald Helmer: “NORA. Torvald, don ‘t look at me like that! HELMER. Why shouldn ‘t I look at my dearest possession? At all that loveliness that ‘s mine, mine alone, completely mine?” (Ibsen, 100). Nora was portrayed by her husband as an object rather than an equal partner. For the time Amina…

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…freedom called Nova Scotia. In Nora ‘s case, she decides to leave her children and “deserts her husband´s house” (Ibsen, 114) in order to “learn for [herself]” (Ibsen, 111) which technically means to find herself as an independent woman. The way Aminata and Nora confronted the situation show that they are living similar lives since they both decided to abandon their current realities for a new world.

Through the stories, Aminata and Nora demonstrate to have similar lives. After being suppressed by outside figures, and living a miserable life, both strong female characters decided to pay the “high cost of freedom” John F. Kennedy, and to move on to a fulfilling life where their happiness comes before everyone else ‘s. Also, throughout both literary works, the protagonists showed their comparable lives since none of them “choose the path of surrender and submission.”

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