A Doll’s House By Henrik Ibsen

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Henrik Ibsen, author of one of the greatest drama plays A Doll House, is said this piece of work is a feminist play. Feminism is defined as a “collection of movements aimed at defining, establishing and defending equal political, economic, and social rights and equal opportunities for women”, according to Dictionary.com. Did Ibsen produce A Doll House to be a feminist play?
No matter what or how much propaganda feminist have made toward A Doll House, Ibsen, never wanted to produce a play concerning women’s rights, but that is very arguable. R.M. Adams explains, in an article which commemorates the half century of Ibsen’s death, “A Doll House represents a woman imbued with the idea of becoming a person, but it fails to propose anything categorical about women becoming people.” (1773). In fact “A Doll House is no more about women’s rights than Shakespeare’s Richard II is about the divine right of Kings, or Ghosts about syphilis… its theme is the need of every individual to find out the kind of person he or she is and to strive to become that person.” (1772). When Nora decided to leave Torvald at the end of the play she finally will have the opportunity to find the kind of person she truly is, and is no longer trapped by society as a subservient homemaking wife. However Helmer is also alongside Nora in being trapped by society as a dominate provider husband.
To Ibsen, A Doll House is not a feminist but instead he viewed it as a humanist play. Which after reading the definition it is clear that humanist meaning a person having a strong interest in or concern for human welfare, values, and dignity although when looking at the definition of a feminist back at the begging both humanist and feminist almost basically have the same meaning. Even though going back to where Ibsen spoke up to the Scandinavian Club in Rome it’s apparent that he had concern for not just human values and dignity but women’s, but that doesn’t make A Doll House a feminist play. According to Rolf Fjelde in his article Introduction to A Doll House, at the time the play was published Ibsen strongly supported women’s rights. February of 1879, Ibsen asked the male majority of the Scandinavian Club in Rome that the female members be approved the same voting rights as the men, but was defeated so he dared them to assert that in any possible way women were inferior to men whether it by background, intellect, comprehension or artistic skills. Talking before the Norwegian League for Women’s Rights, he stated: “I am not a member of the Women’s Right League. Whatever I have written has been without any thought of making propaganda. I have been more the poet and less the social philosopher than people generally seem inclined to believe… My task has been the description of humanity.” (475).
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