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Would The Dolls House be considered as a feminist play? A Dolls house, by Henrik Ibsen has set out some serious questions which must be taken into account before judging Noras character.

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English Commentary: A Doll's house A "Doll's house", by Henrik Ibsen has set out some serious questions which must be taken into account before judging Nora's character. Nora, being the main character in the play represents the "doll" that makes such trivial decisions, and giving us (the readers) the impression that she is immature. Many questions have been raised regarding the rights a woman should be given, but I would be particularly discussing my viewpoint on feminism, freedom and society. However, there are many other related questions which may also be of greater significance. The first question which I found as a reader was "Would 'The Doll's House' be considered as a feminist play"? I would rather call it 'too feminist' because it has been outlined in many ways. There are many examples in the play where Torvald treats Nora badly and insults her feminist nature, but this is not seen directly. ...read more.

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Another question raised by this play is: How does Nora's character have an impact on the role of women? The role of women was self-sacrificial, mainly depending on their marital status. Married women were treated differently than single women. This is seen in many instances. However, Ibsen believes that all women must have equal rights and this statement has been highlighted appropriately. He thought marriage was a trap, and it could be seen through Nora's character. Nora was a typical woman of the olden times who had all the characteristics of a doll until the end, when she realizes that she must consider growing up and create her own identity. Nora was her husband's pet and he wanted her to stay just because he was concerned about his reputation. We see this clearly when Nora says "you weren't concerned about me but only what might happen to you- and when all danger was past, you acted as though nothing had happened". ...read more.

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He is merely living on the society's conditions and wants to be respected. We also see this when he refuses to give Krogstad his job back; people would think he has been influenced by his wife. Although he had an argument with Nora, he wanted her to stay (after receiving the I.O.U) because he was worried that people might not respect him as mjch as before. But Nora learns to be independent from this experience, and realizes her self esteem needs. She knows that her life is restricted to being a wife and a mother in a male dominant society, which is why she leaves. Torvald does not even show love and attention when she leaves whereas he is concerned about his status. This is how Ibsen emphasizes the rights of a woman in a male dominant society. Some readers might argue on the points that I have made on these questions, but it altogether outlines the conflicts of women at that time. Playwrights do not give very accurate answers, instead throws out such questions that have enlightened several readers. ...read more.

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