• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Consider and evaluate the different ways in which the writers of A Doll's House and All My Sons depict the role of women in family life.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Consider and evaluate the different ways in which the writers of A Doll's House and All My Sons depict the role of women in family life. In All My Sons, Kate Keller, appears at first as a typical housewife and mother, but at a closer glance it?s obvious that she holds things, including Joe, together. This power and strength contradicts the weak almost crazy state that she?s in at the beginning of the play in thinking that Larry is alive. As seen in An Act 1, Kate is stuck in the past in hope that her son, Larry is alive. ?Everything that happened seems to be coming back. I was just down the cellar, and what do I stumble over? His baseball glove. I haven?t seen it in a century.? ?If he?s not coming back, then I?ll kill myself.? (Act 1) shows the audience how emotionally unstable she is. However, even this early in the play Miller suggests her power in the family as this line was used to manipulate Joe and Chris to support her belief that Larry is alive, that he has to be. ...read more.

Middle

?You will try and do something for Mrs Linde.? Furthermore, Miller shows contradictions to gender expectations of the time as the husband should have his way through Nora?s new found confidence in Act 2, ?But wasn?t it also nice of me to let you have your way?? Miller also shows her manipulation through her presenting and emphasising her own vulnerability to Helmer through her excuses about her ?daddy? who lost his reputation in the past. In terms of the children, Nora and Helmer have a nurse-maid, Anne-Marie, who cares for the children, as she did for Nora when she was younger. This contradicts the typical mother of the time as they would be the child-bearer but due to Helmer?s growing reputation and position at the bank they can afford these luxuries. However, when the children are brought home Nora does interact and play with them. The repeated use of exclamatives when she speaks to the children, such as ?How fresh and bright you look!?, shows her excitement at seeing them and also reflects that she doesn?t spend a lot of time with them. ...read more.

Conclusion

Similarly, Ibsen also creates a character who isn?t conforming to society?s expectations of her as a woman, Mrs Linde. She is a widow after having felt forced to marry in order of supporting her ?bedridden and helpless? mother as well as her two younger brothers. On top of being unmarried, she didn?t have children with her late husband, and thus doesn?t conform to the expectations of being a mother or a wife. Miller shows that she wants to be in love, married and raise children through her remembered love for Krogstad. The vocative ?Nils? she uses for him allows the audience to see that she is personal with him, more-so than anyone else in the play. ?I need someone to mother, and your children need a mother. We two need each other.? In this line in Act 3 Miller shows that she wants bring happiness to a home. The extended metaphor of being ?castaways? on a ?wreck? and ?clinging to the wreck? of their lives is used by Miller in her voice to create compatibility between them as she knows that marrying Krogstad and helping him to raise his children would fulfill her gender role of the time as well as putting an end to both her own and his loneliness. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The English Patient

    5 star(s)

    She has spent much of her life treating patients and watching them die, and she seems to have a particular affinity for death. Initially we're not sure why Hana chains herself to the English patient in this lonely villa - we sense that she is emotionally wounded, and that she is withdrawing deeper inside herself.

  2. Compare the relationship between Torvald and Nora in A Dolls House with that of ...

    describes Nora as his "pride and joy", a phrase commonly attributed to children. Angel's reaction similarly corresponds to the ongoing theme of illusion and idealism as he states "the woman I have been loving is not you". Not only does this exemplify the Victorian attitude that impure women were intrinsically

  1. How do Arthur Miller and Tenessee Williams explore the blurring of reality and fantasy ...

    Kate is perceived to be swallowed with guilt and that Joe has forced her to succumb to a world where she has to believe that her son is alive in order to live normally, however it is arguable that she could have done this out of pure love for her

  2. Comparing the Role of Women in Sense and Sensibility and Othello

    But their high priority is love and money and status are secondary. They remained within their social status. Emilia is overlooked by most of society, but personally, she has strong opinions and is an honorable person. Emilia is the servant of Desdemona, so her opinions don't really matter since she is of low class.

  1. How do the authors of 'The Bell Jar' and 'Surfacing' depict madness?

    'The power' is sometimes shown in herself, yet on the other hand it is also often depicted to be beings over which she has no control, which could indicate the protagonists disorder in her life; she appears to have no goals, she doesn't conform to society, which compels her to

  2. Write about the ways Shakespeare explores different characters experiences of love in Act 1, ...

    Was ever woman in this humour won? He is completely surprised and he sees himself as indestructible and almost compares himself to god. At this point he is overloaded with confidence and this boosts his egotism and he now definitely believes that his route to the throne is inevitable.

  1. Consider and evaluate the different ways in which the writers of A Doll's House ...

    In contrast to Miller?s depiction of Joe as a provider, Ibsen embraces the belief that a man?s role in marriage is to provide but goes one step further and emphasises the man?s role of protecting and guiding his wife and presents this in Torvald?s character.

  2. The Day of the Triffids and Nineteen Eighty Four. A Study Into How Two ...

    ?Not with a bang but with a whimper? as T.S. Eliot put it. It demonstrates that humans often under-estimate and, as shown in the novel, find it difficult to deal with the consequences. We have evolved with an unfortunate trait in which we take many things for granted and when

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work