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Justice in two studied plays - A Doll's House and A Streetcar Named Desire

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Eva Lamade January 2013 Justice in the two plays ? A Doll?s House and A Streetcar Named Desire Justice can be defined in three ways. First of all, justice is integrity. Someone, who is honest, behaves justly. Secondly, justice can be defined over its antonym, injustice. If someone treats someone else badly, this unfair behaviour can be seen as injustice. Thirdly, justice can be defined over law. Some people might argue that justice acting according to the law. These forms of justice or injustice can be seen in the two plays studied, ?A Doll?s House? by Henrik Ibsen and ?A Streetcar Named Desire? by Tennessee Williams, in the behaviour of the characters. In ?A Doll?s House?, justice is mainly mentioned over injustice. In the character Nora, a wife of two children and the main figure of the play, shades of just and unjust behaviour become visible. Her honesty towards Christine, an old friend of Nora, who visits her again after many years, can be seen as integrity. ...read more.


So Chritines willingness to help can be seen as justice for Nora. Krogstad?s behaviour to pressurise Nora with the forged signature, although it is seen as just behaviour in front of the law, does not seem to be just towards her, as she did not do him any harm. His trying to diminish his mistakes with asking for the letter back, in which he explained Nora?s forging to Torvald, can be seen as morally right. However, there seems to be a difference between morals and justice, as in this example, he acts according to his morals but this is not honest behaviour; he does not tell Torvald the truth. Torvald himself acts unjust on many occasions. He doesn?t only patronise Nora with words like ?my little squirrel?, which compares her to a weak and small animal, but he also does not see her giving up herself for him. In ?A Streetcar Named Desire?, injustice is mainly seen. ...read more.


The violence of Stanley towards Stella and Blanche is injustice. Although both of them did not take anything in action, that was directed at him in specific, he beats Stella and abuses Blanche. This as well, is an aspect that is against the law. So his behaviour can be seen as unjust in two ways. All in all, both plays reflect injustice and justice, although injustice seems to be predominant. This is especially the case in the ?A Streetcar Named Desire?, when Stanley uses violence against the women. However, in ?A Doll?s House?, Nora?s leaving the family has two possible interpretations. It can be seen as injustice towards her family, who is left alone, or as justice towards herself. The first interpretation was the one predominant at the time when the play was written and nowadays, the second interpretation seems to be more common than in the 19th century. This reflects, that if a certain behaviour is seen as just or unjust, depends very strongly on the time lived in. ...read more.

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