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Female morality in A Doll House and Madame Bovary

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  • Submitted: 30/01/2009
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Anh Duong

Dr. Smith

IB World Literature

May 26, 2008

Word Count: 1111

Female morality in A Doll House and Madame Bovary

Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House and Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary both have female figures as the chief protagonists. Emma Bovary and Nora Helmer share many similarities concerning ethics, but there are distinct divisions between them, especially those regarding their function in a middle-class society and their resorting to dishonored morals to emancipate themselves from the stranglehold of the social order. The morality and its corruption and decay of these women played an imperative role in creating the twisting and tragic plots in these two works of fiction, and they should be comprehensively evaluated and analyzed.

Female corruption and moral decay is perhaps the most important theme in A Doll House, and among the main characters, Nora received the most of this attribute. The central conflicts of the play surround a large monetary loan Nora scrounged from Krogstad to enable her family to afford a luxurious vacation to Italy, which revived her husband, Torvald, from a period of mental weakness and failing health. However, in order to achieve

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