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A Comparison Of Feminist Writings Essay

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Nora Helmer in Henrik Ibsen's “A Doll's House” And Mrs. Mallard in Kate Chopin's “The Story of an Hour” find themselves facing very different dilemmas, yet both women faced their respective challenge in a way that went against the social norm for women in their time period, this was done by these pioneering writers to show the oppression faced by women who were trapped in their marriages during their respective time periods.
Nora and Louise are both faced with problems in their lives and both women face those problems in a way that is not accepted by society as normal behavior for a woman. Nora and Torvald's first year of marriage was not an easy one. Nora finds out that Torvald is ill. He ...view middle of the document...

In return Nora is faced with a life of oppression. Torvald treats Nora as if she is a child, and speaks to her as if she is an idiot. When Torvald finally becomes aware of what Nora has done he is angry about how he would look if anyone were to find out what she has done. Finally Torvald calms down and is willing to forget what has happened and put things back exactly as they were. Nora however cannot do this. In the article written by Baseer, Alvi, and Zafran, they point , “In the last when Nora leaves the Helmer-House, she once again rejects the society, its roles, its associated symbols and above all it can be termed a journey back to nature which takes both genders on equal terms, where semiotics and symbolic co-relate.”(Baseer,Alvi,Zafran) Nora decided to pack her things and leave her husband and her three children behind, “Goodbye, Torvald. I won't see the little ones. I know they are in better hands than mine. As I am now, I can be of no use to them.” (Ibsen) For a mother to leave her children is outside of the social norm even in today's society, let alone in Nora’s day.
Louise had a very different ending. She had so many plans and so much to live for until Mr. Mallard returns home. He was not killed in the train accident. This was shocking to Louise and had ruined her life. She no longer could live out the life she had dreamed of. In Nichols Smith's critical essay she states “the ultimate message that...

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