A Doll's House Women Analysis

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Did you know that there is injustice in the play A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen? The men in A Doll’s House treat women differently than how they treat other men. To society at the time men were above women. This idea is supported by the way that Nora is treated like a child by her husband Torvald, the way Nora has to follow all her husband’s decisions, during that time period women didn't typically have a job or education. When all of the evidence is presented the reader can therefore decided whether or not they agree that women are treated very unjustly compared to men. First, Nora is treated like a child by her husband Torvald. Torvald had nicknames for Nora like squirrel or skylark that was often accompanied by demeaning adjectives like…show more content…
One example of this is when Nora only danced at the party to please her husband Torvald and his friends, Torvald also kept making her practice it so it would be perfect when it was performed and wouldn't hurt Torvalds reputation. Nora has sacrificed her happiness to make Torvald happy while he wouldn't do the same thing for her, at the time this was a common occurrence among men as evident the exchange between Torvald and Nora.“Helmer: I would gladly work night and day for you. Nora- bear sorrow and want for your sake. But no man would sacrifice his honor for the one he loves.Nora: It is a thing hundreds of thousands of women have done.” (Ibsen 63). The literary element is hyperbole because I’m sure there were more men and women in those days that didn't believe in the social customs then the amount that Nora and Torvald think there are, perhaps many just put on a costume like Nora did. Nora had to leave Torvald in order to become herself because her father and husband had changed her so much she didn't know what her own personality and opinions were, as a effect of this Nora told Torvald that she was wearing a costume or hiding her true self. Males in Nora’s life had oppressed her in many ways on their own but the social customs like women weren't allowed to have a job or education did not help a women advance and prove men…show more content…
In order for a women like Nora to get money they had to have their husband sign a paper to show the woman's husband approves of the transaction, Nora knowing Torvald would never give her permission to get a loan she instead forged his signature and got the loan secretly. The play takes place in 1879 during a time when women had absolutely no rights like buying property or voting and couldn't do anything by themselves except take care of the home and family. Nora didn't know what religion even is or if the clergyman are preaching the truth or lies to keep women complacent. Nora’s lack of knowledge in religion is evident in the following quote, “I am afraid, Torvald, I do not exactly know what religion is. ... When I am away from all this, and am alone, I will look into that matter too. I will see if what the clergyman said is true, or at all events if it is true for me.” The literary element is hyperbolic because she has grown up going to church but previously she chose to accept what the preachers were saying without considering if it was true or not. All of these different factors all lead to women being oppressed by men in society; even today. The men in A Doll’s House treat women differently then they treat other men. To society at the time men were above women. The evidence has been stated that Nora is treated like a child by her husband, Nora has to follow all of her husbands decisions, and the social customs of the time didn't
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