The Doll House By Henrik Ibsen Essay

After reading “The Doll House” and “Trifles”, the idea of females being inferior to men is portrayed. Both plays, are in a much older time period. But from a feminist view, females are still sometimes given the doubtful role in today’s society. Both plays, are very different, but much alike in the ways the females are treated, never taken seriously, nor are they appreciated.

“The Doll House”, by Henrik Ibsen has a major theme of feminism issues. Nora the wife of Torvald, has done an ultimate favor for her husband but is now is having to pay back for this favor. While the reader knows what the wife Nora has done, we see the way she is treated by her husband Torvald. Leaving a wonder of why she would even do a favor for this vile man.

This play definitely raises feminism issues, which plays a substantial role. Throughout this play there are many given examples of how Torvald treats Nora horribly. He insults her, just due to her being a woman. “It’s a sweet little bird, but it gets though a terrible amount of money. You wouldn’t believe how much it costs a man when he’s got a little song bird like you” (Ibsen 1126) Nora is called pet names, and is made out to be weak. Torvald has much control over his wife Nora, she accepts his commands and does what he wishes. Nora is given little freedom, and is put down numerous times by her husband. Nora is treated like a doll, who lives under Torvald’s roof, all just because she is a woman. All of these show how feminism is an issue in “The Doll House.”

This play may have been in a much earlier time than which is present today, however, issues just like these of feminism are still a major issue. However, some improvement has been made, for the most part we view everyone as deserving equal r…

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… women a way of gaining their own power, on their own. Proving their selves, and what women can do.

Both plays give the viewpoints of women being powerless, and how they are working to prove their selves in their own ways. The nineteenth century women were given a doubtful role, which would name them to be subjacent to men of this time. The women in both plays, wanted to be something more than just inferior to men. They wanted to break free and prove their selves as strong, independent, courageous woman. Inevitably, this is what both tried to do. The men in both plays, give a strong issue against feminism and how they felt about women. In today’s society, some women still deal with this issue. However, women now are expected to take the working role, and help support the family. Women just aren’t expected to be housewives that clean, cook and take care of children.

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