A Doll's House As A Problem Play Analysis

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My project on the topic, ‘Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House as a Problem play’. The play is significant for its critical attitude toward 19th century marriage norms. It aroused great controversy at the time, as it concludes with the protagonist, Nora, leaving her husband and children because she wants to discover herself. Ibsen was inspired by the belief that "a woman cannot be herself in modern society," since it is "an exclusively male society, with laws made by men and with prosecutors and judges who assess feminine conduct from a masculine standpoint. This project is completely based on Henrik Ibsen and his play . I have tried to include all the possible information required for this project and consulted different books and browsed internet…show more content…
He is famous not only for his plays and poems but also for his deep philosophical and revolutionary ideas, which had an undeniable impact on the development of literature in general and drama in particular throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is considered as the father of modern drama and the first dramatist who wrote various tragedies about ordinary people. Ibsen developed the problem plays or drama of ideas whose main emphasis is on the presentation of a drama. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), in The Quintessence of Ibsenism, remarks that, “the Norwegian’s significance lay in his having introduced social-political discussion into the drama through the agency of a villain-idealist and unwomanly…show more content…
Nora 's personal problems portray the larger social problems presented in the play, such as the unfair treatment of women. The unfair treatment of women is first presented in the fact that society forbade women to take out a loan because society saw women as uneducated, irresponsible, ridiculous individuals. Had Nora not been forbidden by society to take out a loan on her own, she would have never been placed in a position in which she needed to commit fraud. The unfair treatment of women is also portrayed in Nora 's struggles to earn money to pay back the loan. Back then, middle class women, like Nora, were forbidden to work. Lower class women, however, were allowed to work, but only low-income jobs, such as clerks, teachers, and domestic servants ("Historical Context"). Despite the fact that Nora was middle class, she did, however, manage to find work to earn money that she could perform behind

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