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Discuss how Ibsen has shaped your response to the issues raised in A Dolls House

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Discuss how Ibsen has shaped your response to the issues raised in A Doll's House Issues that are raised in "A Doll's House" such as freedom, self development, appearance verses reality and honesty in relationships are still valid today. I believe that Ibsen's 'A dolls house' is a microcosms for the wide issues evident in many contemporary cultures as these the themes transcend time. Many of the main issues presented can be seen with in the first few pages of the play when Ibsen introduces the characters to the audience. The theme of self development and freedom is shown through the use of metaphor "my little songbird" "my little squirrel" says Torvald to Nora. Both the animals mentioned are wild, weak as well as easily frightened animals however Torvald's use of first person possessive pronoun and the adjective "little" symbolises his patronising attitude and puts emphasis on Nora's entrapment and the dependence on her husband as per the social mores of society at that time. The use of the adjective "little" shows how Torvald belittles her, not allowing her to self develop into a person. The issue of self development of women is still relevant in today's society, such as in the business world men still dominate women and regard them as weaker. ...read more.


To emphasise the theme of the right to be an individual Ibsen has used repetition. The word "free" has been used 4 times in 5 lines, emphasising her desire to be free. Nora is trapped but is not aware of it, this has impacted on my response that even contemporary women are in situations where they feel trapped and they are unaware of it. Ibsen has used Nora's situation to make the audience aware that these situations are present in society, women do feel trapped and I feel that these are situation that have always existed. Ibsen has emphasised society's expectations about women through the use of short unfinished sentences "almost like a man". Shows Nora's longing to be equal and to have power, however society will not allow her to have it openly. This is emphasised by Joan Templeton's use of the word "Buried in Nora are an intelligence" showing that even in 1997 women are equal to men but they are pressured by society to keep their talents buried. It shows that in societies, women will never be equal to men. This reinforces my view that these issues of equality are relevant today, even today women are given less power, this is proven by the few women in positions of power. ...read more.


He is in a panic without his facade of being a strong proud man. This is then juxtaposed to his attitude once Krogstads threat has been removed. He once again pretends to be strong and masculine "I'll guide you" "I'll protect you". The use of the personal pronoun shows Torvald's pride and need to control. To make himself feel superior he denigrates Nora by associating her gender with weakness "feminine weakness". This reflects the views of the patriarchal society at the time. In Torvald's appearance of himself he is a generous man for "forgiving" Nora. The words "forgive you" are repeated four times to emphasise that in Torvald's mind he was always in the right and Nora's was always in the wrong. This emphasises the theme of gender stereotypes. These stereotypes are still present in today's society the man has to be that strong controlling one and woman is the weak petite feminine one. An example of this in today's society would be that in the army women are not allowed to be fighting at the front line, because it is said to be no place for a woman. Ibsen was a man before his time, the issues he raised shocked that audience of his time however they were relevant and still are, they are issues that will transcend time. Ibsen has used many techniques to shape my response to these issues which is that they are issues that will always be applicable in society. ...read more.

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