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Human Being In A Doll's House

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'Human being', the easiest word to spell until it holds a significance. The human being is typically defined as any individual of the species Homo sapiens, distinguished from the other organisms by their superior abilities to do different tasks. But does this definition really differs from a man and woman. “Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female - whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.” ―Simone de Beauvoir After reading the play, “A doll’s House”, I came across through many concepts or opinions of being human. However, the opinions of being human differ between Nora and Torvald. Both the character’s ideas of being human seem to start with the belief of having a purpose behind the life. But…show more content…
It is mentioned in act 3 (pg.) when Nora says, “I’ve been your wife-doll here just as at home I was Papa’s doll-child.” She states that she was always objectified by her father and husband she was never being treated as a human being. There were always expectations set out for Nora to fulfill as women were given a submissive role in the society. Society’s expectations never stop towards women as they were judged in terms of purity and domesticity. There were supposed to be modest, virtuous, sweet and should also be weak and be dominated by strong men. They were always looked down upon by society; there were moderated by their physical appearances, ability to bear children and to please their husband. Has society’s expectation for men become so lower that there are being judgmental towards women? These society’s boundless expectations towards women leads to the end of their individuality. Nora’s awakening; her rebirth has led to her own independence as when she stands for herself and at the end of act 3 (pg. ) say that, “"I have to try to educate myself. You can't help me with that. I've got to do it alone. And that's why I'm leaving you now" (1609). Nora tells Helmer, " . . . I'm a human being, no less than you-or anyway, I ought to try to become…show more content…
There are still many beliefs about activities appropriate for men and women exist. Many cultural practices tend to eliminate women from the public globe and confined them into the "doll's house". For example, girls should be playing with dolls (in the house), whereas boys should be playing with cars (traveling outside the house). This negative perception is told from the moment they are born. That's why we are still under the shadows of Torvald and Nora. To stop gender inequality we have to treat women and men equally. If we continue to make believe about the society’s expectations towards ourselves, then we will be locked in the doll's house with the ghosts of Torvald and Nora hanging
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