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Throughout both Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, the role of women in the similar time period was questioned.

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Nazha AlFaraj IB English SL Lindsay Leonetti World Literature Throughout both Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, the role of women in the similar time period was questioned. Most women during the 18th century were expected to act as "ladies", and by lady the society meant that each woman was a replica of another woman. Women were expected to stay at home and raise the children and take care of the household. That was all what was expected from women. And a woman who decides to follow a different path and actually try to make something out of her life was considered to be an out breaker and she was neglected by society. ...read more.

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As act I is first introduced to the audience, the audience clearly sees that Nora seems to just want money from her husband and nothing more. The first conversation this married couple encounters was when Nora was showing Torvald what she got the kids; in return Nora isn't hesitant to ask for money from Torvald. Later on Torvald asks Nora what she'd like for Christmas and all she seems to want was money. It was as if money would fill a very special place in her heart. The audience grasps a hint that Nora herself is very materialistic. But the ironic part of the whole play is how Torvald addresses his wife, Torvald talks to Nora as if she was a child or even a pet, "Is it my little squirrel bustling about?" ...read more.

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Krogstad in order to save her husband's life. Not only did Nora take this loan without the consensus of her husband she was also forced into forging a signature, that is because it was illegal for a "female" to take a loan " a wife can't borrow [money] without her husband's consent". This scene proved that Nora isn't a selfish money loving individual who follows every order that is given by her husband. Yet, this shows that Nora is a strong, and determined individual hat does what is needed from her to please or sacrifice for her loved ones. Alcott, Louisa May. Publishers' International ISBN Directory. M�nchen, Germany: K.G. Saur, 1993. Print. Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll's House. New York: Dover Publications, 1992. Print. ...read more.

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