Throughout the play, Nora transitions into an independent and strong woman through realizations of the true nature of her marriage with Torvald, despite the societal roles and exploitation of women in the 1870s. Torvald’s first account of mistreatment towards Nora is when he uses discriminating names and a belittling attitude
Arkadina constantly, dotes and is affectionate towards Trigorin, contrary to Nina, whose presence in Konstantin’s life is very inconsistent. Arkadina however is jealous of Nina, which is very ironic for an empowered, successful, actress is jealous of a 19-year old girl and fears losing her love-interest, Trigorin to her. Arkadina despite being the strong woman that she is, shares her weaknesses with her son, Konstantin. She cannot be called a villain or hero, , instead she is vain and miserable who is capable of compassion. Nina’s technique of flattering Trigorin too is similar to that of Arkadina.
During the late nineteenth century, some women continued to suffer from discriminatory duties such as “solely caretakers” while others began to alter their roles in society (Lythgoe). The detrimental accusations towards women made them seem very submissive The inequalities between the two sexes and how society undermines women are shown in the Norwegian play, A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. The play is very controversial in which it focuses on a marriage that appears to portray the “perfect” marriage. However, as the play begins to unravel its plot, a relationship based on lies and pleasing the public is exposed. Symbols within A Doll’s House are used to represent theoretical concepts and illustrate conflicts between Nora and Torvald Helmer.
Women were believed to be the civilizing force, taking care of the children and home, and that society could not survive without them (Moran). Due to this sexist ideology many women didn’t get jobs due to the hostility they would face from the rest of society. This causes a problem during the depression when may families could use all the money they could get. The Women’s Bureau asserted that wives who held outside jobs were destroying the
She is shown to be young, wide-eyes through her description “Abigail Williams, seventeen- a strikingly beautiful girl.” (8) Thus Abigail has idealized her entire relationship with John Proctor instead of seeing it for what it truly was, an affair that took place because Proctor, a bit lonely, felt distant from his wife and consequently turned to Abigail for warmth, she see’s the two of them as being in love and the only thing keeping them apart is John Proctors wife, Goody Proctor. This is portrayed quite clearly in Abigail's motivation throughout the play as she is constantly trying to eliminate Goody Proctor. This is seen in the Act I when it is revealed by Betty Parris that it was Abigail who was attempting to kill Goody Proctor when the girls were dancing in the woods, all in attempt to be with John Proctor "You did, you did! You drank a charm to kill John Proctor’s wife! You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor!"
Initially, Nora appears to be a dependent, naïve girl, yet as the play unfolds, we see her as strong, independent woman, willing to make sacrifices for those who she cares about as well as herself. Henrik Ibsen uses symbolism in order to portray Nora’s sovereignty from the strict social guidelines of morality and appearances in 19th century Norway. The Helmer household is portrayed as the ideal and typical family in 19th century Norway. The Helmer’s home represents the standard middle class home, which is described in the stage directions as a “comfortable and tastefully, but not expensively furnished home.” The descriptive short sentence of the setting being during “A winter day,” again emphasizes the normalcy of the situation, as well as hinting that the setting of the story takes place around Christmas time. The
“As if!” there are still stereotypes of women. Society has getting better with trying not to stereotype women, but after studying the movie Clueless, the stereotypes that were shown in the movie still exist today. For many years women have been told that they have to fit a certain image for our society’s needs. From a woman’s perspective, there are many expectations that are held and are impossible to be met. From a young age, girls everywhere are being told that what they’re doing is never good enough.
A Sophisticated Nora Helmer in Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll 's House In the play A Doll 's House, Henrik Ibsen pens a tale revolving around the lives of a middle-class married couple during the nineteenth century. A Doll 's House focuses primarily on Nora Helmer, a seemingly flighty young woman who is often overshadowed by her overbearing husband, Torvald. Over the duration of the play, consequences of Nora 's past actions begin to impact her supposedly carefree life, corrupting the balance in her marriage. Based on Nora 's initial whimsy and apparent lack of individuality, many critics view Nora as a child wife to Torvald. Despite the constraining expectations of the time period and the belittling influence of her husband, Nora represents herself
This was definitely not expected in the upper class households during that time seeing as how that is every woman’s dream lifestyle. A fancy house, kids growing up in a well nurtured, sheltered home and a successful husband. A critic known as Amalie Skram, a journalist who wrote in the 1800’s described A Doll’s House as a “warning.” Amalie described this play as a warning because although Nora had the courage and strength to leave her home, it was not a wise decision at the time. Skram also believed that Nora leaving was a bad influence to society because it will teach women to be “irresponsible” and “will forget all her duties.” In today’s modern society, some feminists support this act, seeing how it is “a rebellion against the prevailing patriarchal values,” while others suggest that A Doll’s House is not a feminist play as the feminist movement did not occur until the late 1960’s and late early 70’s, this is referred to as anachronism (Wheeler). Even though feminism was not fully established, feminists can not take away the fact that this play displayed an act of feminism under the laws is patriarchy, it can not be
The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, demonstrates that a lack of freedom leads to a breaking of rules. After living in a world with no freedom with only memories of her life before, Offred begins to get frustrated. Once Offred begins to see that even high ranking people in this society break the rules, she begins to as well. Although, Offred knows breaking the rules is wrong and can have consequences she can not continue to live this way. It began with small rules such as women in the red center communicating and sharing names.