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English Extension Thesis Essay

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English Extension Thesis."Using the two texts set for study, identify and analyse the different pressures and situations which prevent or discourage the individual from achieving fulfillment in the society of which they are a part." The two texts that have been set for study are "A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen and a collection of poems by Robert Browning. The first supplementary text chosen for study is "Married" a collection of short stories by Swedish writer August Strindberg and the second is the novel "I know why the caged bird sings" by Maya Angelou. The thesis will include discussion and analysis of the values held by the society of the 1900's and also the individual values held by the authors. It will also include discussion of why the play, stories and poetry by these authors are valued in modern society. The Thesis will reveal the pressures and situations which prevent the individual from achieving fulfillment in the society of which they are a part.Henrik Ibsen was born on the 20th March 1828 at Skien a small town in Norway. From the age of eight Ibsen had a difficult life as his mother and father had major financial problems and were shunned by the middle class society of which they used to be a part.Ibsen's early career with the Bergen theatre and later the Norwegian theatre was unsuccessful and it was only later when Ibsen began writing modern realist style plays that he became truly successful. A Doll's House was written in 1879 and was one of a series of plays including The Pillars of Society (1871), Ghosts (1881) and Hedda Gabler (1890) these plays were all commercially successful despite being extremely controversial at the time due to the social criticism contained within the plays. In The play A Doll's House Ibsen presents his belief in the individuals ability to transcend the constraints of the imprisoning social structures imposed by his society. Ibsen presents his own personal values concerning the rights of women and the conventional Bourgeois marriage and he was attacked by his society for the views he presented. Ibsen was even forced in Germany to change the ending of the play making Nora sink to her feet as she accepts the...

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