The Role Of Women In A Doll's House

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There has been a prevalent prejudice since the beginning of time against women having power. The traditional view has always sketched out women as the ones who stay home under the rule of a dominant male figure. And though these sentiments have become less harsh, these ideologies still exist today. Nonetheless, what differs nowadays is that more women (and men) have become vocal about issues regarding this pervasively patriarchal society. Things like the #MeToo movement and numerous women’s marches take place, highlighting the rise in the promotion of equal rights. David Mamet and Henrik Ibsen, two writers from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, created literary works at a time when the support for equal rights was nowhere near the level of where it is today. Mamet’s play, Oleanna, depicts a college student named Carol who challenges the authority of her professor, John, and while doing so, also challenges the society at the time by becoming a dominating female. Similarly, Ibsen’s play, A Doll’s House, sets up a family in which Nora Helmer, the submissive wife of Torvald Helmer, ends the piece having stripped Torvald of any authority that he had over her. Mamet and Ibsen, presenting unorthodox views in conservative societies, develop firm tones and employ invective language to convey how power extended over women has the capacity to corrupt. Mamet and Ibsen’s establishments of a tenacious tone portray how debasing power extended over women can be. Mamet opens Oleanna

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