Comparing Lust In A Doll House And The Necklace

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The play “A Doll House” by Henrik Ibsen and the short story “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant these two authors send messages that material wealth is not as important as love. Both women are modestly seen as a damsel in distress. The definition of a damsel in distress is a young woman in trouble (with the implication that the woman needs to be rescued) as by a prince in a fairy tale. In a “Doll House” and “The Necklace” both woman are placed in a predicament that requires their husbands saving. In a “Doll House” Nora’s husband was not her prince and knight in shining amour, but for Mathilda she had her knight and shinning amour all along.
When young girls imagine about a doll house they imagine the perfect doll, Barbie and Ken, with the prettiness outfits and accessories to match as well as the perfect family. Nora is a pretty woman, but expressionless and quite unintelligent. Nora has a husband who treats her like a helpless child and is more worried about his place in society. As compared to the fairy tale Cinderella her husband could be the evil step mother who belittles Cinderella. Her husband also treats her as a subordinate, casual
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In the story, Nora is discussing with Dr. Rank about how passionately her husband was in love with her. When Nora’s husband read the letter that Krogstad left in the box she realizes that her husband is the total opposite of who she thought he was with his response: “Don’t come to me with a lot of paltry excuses!” She then understands that who she thought she married is not the same person anymore or never was. This then makes her question of where she belonged in the “doll
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