The inspiring story of Nora Helmer in the play A Doll’s House uncovers the strict roles of women in society and explains how those stereotypes should be broken. Throughout the story multiple themes are present. In the late 1870s the roles of women in society were very strict and Ibsen made that one of the main themes in the play. In the beginning of the play Nora talks with an old friend. As the two catch up Nora says, “...a time will come when Torvald is not as devoted to me, not quite so happy when I dance for him, and dress for him, and play with him” (Ibsen, Act One).
“Fantomina: or, Love in a Maze” is a novel written by Eliza Haywood in 1725. Haywood is considered one of the more controversial writers to publish at that time. “Fantomina” is one work which has been both criticized and appreciated because of its promotion of the imprudent choices of a woman and the empowerment of female sexuality. In fact, the main plot of the novel revolves around a female character, whose identity is always changing, who fells in love with a man called Beauplaisir, translated as “Goodpleasure”. They meet in a playhouse, and, after she pretends to be a prostitute, they start talking.
These flavours of irony are enhanced through characters’ names. “Alec D’Urberville” is a counterfeit D’Urberville whereas “Tess Durbeyfield” is a rightful “D’Urberville”, evoking male perfidy and nobility of the “fallen woman”. Similarly, through the play title “Hedda Gabler”, Ibsen’s refusal to subsume Hedda’s personality into her marital title “Tesman” foregrounds her unorthodox personality, portraying the encumbering marriage facing every Victorian women, in which the limitation of the feminine role is embedded in the very nomenclature of society. The writers endow Tess and Hedda with strength necessary to unleash revenge against the “seducer”, a polemic against masculine subduer of female innocence. Both writers subvert traditionally masculine symbols to convey the idea of retribution with Hardy employing a motif of blood to signify Tess’ pastoral sexuality, and Ibsen using a motif of pistols to embody Hedda’s masculinity.
Ibsen’s play A Doll 's House, written in 1879, examines the importance of social class and the expectations that follow. A Doll’s House tells the story of married couple, Torvald and Nora Helmer who strive to fulfill social expectation. However, the ending is known to be a shock for some, as roles reverse and Nora comes to realize that she has been mistreated like a doll throughout the whole marriage. Throughout A Dolls House by Henrik Ibsen, doll 's and the dolls house are symbolic of how Nora is a submissive wife controlled and dominated by Torvald, and both are repressed by societal standards. Torvald exhibits patriarchy in his relationship with Nora as he calls her pet names and controls her eating.
The conflict in this play affects the story as a whole making it end in a tragedy at the end all due to the feud between the Capulets and the Montague and the lack of trust the children have with their parents. In Act One, Scene One, William introduces Lady Capulet and Juliet and they seem very distant with each other especially when Juliet gives her mother one line answers and is very formal when speaking to her addressing her as ‘madam.’ This sets their relationship at a distant place giving the idea to the reader that there is something missing between their relationship. When Juliet is first introduced to the idea of marriage in Act One she is hesitant about the idea saying “It is an honor that I dream not of.”(1.3.68). During scene three is when the idea to marry Count Paris is brought up and discussed
The Queen is initially presented in the early scenes as distraught from loss and yearning for the retrieval of her daughter, Pamina. The initial image of her is of the white lit dress as the audiences’ sign of her sincerity. The libretto shifts quite violently during the second act right after Sarastro’s men have orientated the tone of this presented underground world, that women are deceptive and the reason for this segregation on the foreign world. This is a representation of the Queen of the Night as a rival of the true, progressive creed that Sarastro embodies. This dichotomy is paralleled on the musical plane.
It contains one of the most entertaining love stories in English literature: the love bond between Darcy and Elizabeth. Like other good love stories, the lovers must overcome various hurdles, beginning with the problems caused by the lovers own personal attitudes. Pride and Prejudice express a society in which a woman’s reputation is highly important. A woman is expected to behave in certain manners. Stepping outside the social norms makes her vulnerable to criticism by the society and family.
Darcy. Through Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s prejudicial personalities, they experience a change in heart for the other person by realizing their own flaws. Additionally, the different social classes between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy greatly contribute to their relationship; Elizabeth is often discriminated for her association with Mr. Darcy, and as a result, she becomes aware of how much she loves Mr. Darcy due to her defensive reactions to offensive comments. Lastly, Elizabeth’s stubborn attitude to challenge the specific behavior of women during the time only attracts Mr. Darcy to her even more; this factor essentially challenges and changes his own character. Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is an example of a classic love story showing how love can overcome all boundaries between any two people.
Harriet and Margaret play traditional roles of women of the 1920s in American society through their dependence upon their husbands for social status and economic stability. The staging of their outer and inner selves as a construct of the play, mirrors Freud’s concept of the struggle of the ego and the id. What remains perpetually “contemporary” is their poignant desperation for a life they do not have, their regret over choices made, and their longing for love. Hetty and Maggie express all of these emotions that Harriet and Margaret cover over in a veneer of politeness and amiability. This relevant, contemporary theme is presented through modified semiotics by the contemporary production.
Elizabeth in the novel struggles with overcoming all her obstacles such as; not able to cope with her hopeless mother, her distant father, her poorly behaved siblings and antagonizing females. Her initial dislikes towards Mr Darcy are strong, which leads her to dismiss his marriage proposal. Though she has adequate charm to keep him interested, while she apprehends social unrest. Circumstances makes her realize the nobility of Mr. Darcy, and recognize the mistake of her initial preconception against him and eventually falls in love with him. Mr. Darcy is described as a wealthy proud, intelligent, generous, quick to judge, elitist, and condescending.