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Independent Women

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Rachel Christudhas Honors English 11-21 November 7, 2002 Final Draft Independent Women "The suburban housewife-she was the dream image of the young American women and the envy, it was said, of women all over the world....She was healthy, beautiful, educated, concerned only about her husband, her children, her home. She had found true feminine fulfillment" (Friedan 13). Did women really have their true fulfillment? Was their purpose in life completed after accepting they were housewives? According to A Doll's House and The Feminine Mystique, society gives women expectations to follow. These expectations do not help women fulfill their true aspirations. Since women live their lives under society's expectations, the lack of fulfillment they feel is satisfied when they define their individuality. ...read more.

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Nora's plan to find out who she was, was by forging her father's signature to save Helmer. She thought by doing that, she'd become an independent person, thus defining her own individuality. If someone finds out who they are they can then define their individuality. Society often places women in situations when they are never recognized as themselves. "The problem is always being the children's mommy, or the minister's wife and never being myself" (23). We see how women are noticed as someone else's property but rather an individual. For example, Nora was always introduced as Helmer's wife, and never as Nora. If Nora was recognized for just being herself, it might have prevented her from forging signatures to fill her inner void. ...read more.

Conclusion

Women cannot be individuals if they do not know how much they are worth. When Nora realized how much she was worth she was able to take action, and go somewhere where she would be valued. Women often look for fulfillment by educating themselves or taking up hobbies society expects them to do, but this will not help satisfy their lack of fulfillment. A woman needs to know how much she is valued, so she can know that she is worthy enough to be recognized as an individual. When a woman is recognized as an individual, and does not necessarily fit society's expectations she begins to satisfy that emptiness she has. Like Nora felt when she left Helmer, soon enough she has true feminine fulfillment because she has found out for herself the kind of individual she is. ...read more.

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