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A Doll's House Reflective Statement

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A Doll's House: Reflective Statement A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen is a play that offers much insight to the reader on the cultural implications in Norway during the 19th century. Through reading the play, one begins to truly understand the societal norms of the era. During the interactive oral presentation, my cultural and contextual understanding of the play has been deepened further. This is especially significant because it is through this knowledge that one can comprehend the true extent of what was considered at the time to be Ibsen's radical or modern opinions about society and marriage. ...read more.

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Before marriage, they would live under their father's rule. Once married, a wife's job would be to serve their husband. They had many expectations placed upon themselves, such as taking care of the home and children, being submissive at all times and entertaining their husband upon their return from work. Woman and children were thought of as the possessions of the man. Women could hardly be able to survive on their own. They could not take out loans, own property or receive a proper job with a reasonable enough salary that would allow a woman to sustain a life on her own. ...read more.

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People go to great lengths to avoid performing acts that may be considered to be mischievous or even unusual for fear of judgement and rejection from the general public. Often these great lengths would be putting their reputation ahead of even more important things such as their family and their own happiness. It is these primary few qualities of 19th century Norway culture that Ibsen challenges in the final scene of his play. It is evident that the interactive oral presentations enhanced my understanding of the context and culture of the era in which the play takes place. ?? ?? ?? ?? January 18, 2011 ...read more.

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