Cultural Criticism In A Doll's House By Henrik Ibsen

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The play ‘A Doll’s house’ is a three act play written by Henrik Ibsen. - BLABLA BLA-. The story, however could be interpreted differently by different readers greatly depending on their cultural context. In this essay will be discussed how a Freudian and a Feminist reader might interpret the plot, the character relations and the ending differently.

A Feminist might argue that the story’s underlying message is to unveil the power dynamic during the 19th century between men and women. Nora is depicted as a dependant, childish and unexperienced woman (as said by mrs.Linde p.34). Torvald sees Nora as a dimwitted person as can be seen on p.89 where Torvald finds it impressive when ‘little Nora’ used to word ‘Scientific experiment’. Evidently Torvald can be seen as the superior portrayed individual and Nora as the inferior in the relationship, by a feminist reader. Nora being constantly dehumanised by being called upon different names of birds, making it seem as if she is Torvald’s property who he can adjust when he likes as Nora states (p.98). This depicts the social norm during the 19th century, where women ought to be dependant, obedient, passive and unwilling to speak their minds in order to be attractive. This can also be seen on page 88 where women’s helplessness is being romanticised by Torvald. Nora’s passivity and ‘playing along’ with Torvalds desires can be seen throughout the entire book. Contrary Nora, the widow Mrs. Linde can be seen as an empowered woman able to
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