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How does the social setting affect the husband-wife relationship in A Dolls House and Death And The Maiden?
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Dhirubhai Ambani International School
IB English A1 Standard Level
World Literature Assignment
Topic: How does the social setting affect the husband-wife relationship in A Doll's House and Death And The Maiden?
Candidate Number: *****
Session: May 2010
Word Count: 1431
Both Henrik Ibsen and Ariel Dorfman use the social setting of their plays to influence the relationship between the husband and wife. In both the plays society plays a major role in the important decisions the husband has to take. Both Torvald and Gerardo are worried about what society will think of them when their wives both do something wrong. Also both the husbands treated their wives like they were inferiors. They were treated like children and not equally. In Death and the Maiden, the circumstances of Paulina and Gerardo's relationship and situation of the country made them trust each other and so Paulina opened up to Gerardo about the details of her incarceration. On the other hand, in A Doll's House Nora and Torvald's relationship was just a marriage that looked perfect in society and was not out of true love so Nora did not
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