Feminism In A Doll's House By Henrik Ibsen

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Feminism is a movement meant to empower women across the globe and approach issues of inequality women face in society with goals to achieve and established political, social, economic, and cultural rights for women around the globe.“ A Doll’s House” was set during the 19th century Victorian Era. A time period where a woman had no other role than to be what a man wanted her to be, this text would be considered a feminist not only because of Nora but also because of Ibsen's background and his view on Victorian society. Feminism is not just a word it's a process of change and transformation. “ A Doll’s House” would be considered a feminist text because of the main protagonist Nora. During Victorian era (19th century) women were supposed to be…show more content…
Henrik Ibsen lived a normal life, with some amount of reasonable wealth because of his father shop. Yet when his father shop went bankrupt, his view of his father went from a man of pride to a man that kept drinking his life away. The one who kept the family afloat was non-other than Ibsen mother Marichen Altenburg. Marichen broke the social norms of being a housewife and started working, she was the one who saved the family from complete failure and still raised Ibsen while doing it. By breaking the social norms of her time she was most likely ridiculed because of it. Marichen did not care about what others said or thought, she knew her job was to take care of her family and if her husband couldn't do it, then it was up to her. Ibsen mother was a source of inspiration and he wrote “ A doll’s house” to appreciate what his mother did for him. Ibsen once said Ibsen decided not to have Nora be a typical simple housewife and made her similar to Marichen in the sense that they do what they believe is right even if society has a view against them. Ibsen once said that “It's not only what we have inherited from our father and mother that walks in us. It's all sorts of dead ideas, and lifeless old beliefs, and so forth. They have no vitality, but they cling to us all the same, and we can't get rid of them”. Those old beliefs are the ones that the men in his time period had implemented in society, that a woman needs to be the “angel of the house” and what he inherited from his mother as a woman of pride was likely a reason for him to published “A Doll’s House” even if he was going to received backlash because of
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