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Ibsen's Feminism Essay

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It has been noticed from past times that there has forever been a really huge and noticeable gap within the roles that ladies and men each play within the everyday social group developments. In Ibsen’s words, “There are two kinds of moral laws, two kinds of moral conscience, one for men and one, quite different, for women. They don’t understand each other; but in practical life, woman is judged by masculine law, as though she weren’t a woman but a man…. A woman cannot be herself in modern society”. The theme in “A Doll’s House” which shows us that during Ibsen’s time and in our current day and society the issue about gender continues to raise important concerns between men and woman like: ...view middle of the document...

Their main functions in house or as a female in the house is to cook, clean, bear kids, maintain a pleasant home, and adorn themselves consequently. In case of Nora, her main function was to be the poster girl for the house “beautiful, happy home.”. It’s nice how Torvald has all these nicknames for Nora, “my little lark mustn’t drop her wings like that.”. He makes it seem like he is talking to a pet which he cares for or like he is talking to a little child. The nickname calling in this play can also be attributed to a girl in Ibsen’s life whom he had taken interest in, her name was Laura he had a nickname for her “The lack”. This nickname calling is also the first point in the play where Torvald shows the male domination over the female in that era. This girl Laura, Ibsen had taken great interest in was said to be the reason Ibsen had written this play because Laura and Nora both had similarities to some extent in their lives. The name these ladies have Laura and Nora, if we take a look at these names we can see they have similar sounding in them. At some point in Laura’s life she got married and then a couple of years later her husband fell ill and was told to go on vacation to a nice warm place. So Laura, secretly tries to borrow money from the bank but after a while she couldn’t pay back so she forged note but it didn’t work out. Nora was in the same state as Laura was; Nora was forced to get a loan from a man known as Mr. Krogstad so as to pay for a trip which was going to save her husband life. Nora in trying to get his loan from Mr. Krogstad went behind her husband’s back and also due to circumstances had to forge a signature. Being able to get this loan was an achievement for Nora as a woman. At this point the lives of Nora and Laura become different, Laura went ahead to tell her husband about the crime she had committed. In Laura’s case her husband divorced her, which was expected of every man in the Victorian era after she had committed a crime. Laura was accepted after she had spent a month in an asylum for being troubled by the separation from her family. While in Nora’s case Ibsen made Nora look like a hero in the sense that after her husband found out what had happened she decided to leave her husband and her children. Nora was able to look past what the society wants her to be and make decisions for herself what she wants to do. This is just the same way Ibsen would have wanted to Laura to be free and be able to make decisions for herself.
Nora’s friend, Mrs. Linde remarked on her bravery “a wife can’t borrow (money) without her husband’s consent”. In the Victorian Era if a female was to make a decision on behalf of the family it was seen as scandalous. So Nora is compelled to run every decision she makes by her husband so he can approve of her decision. Nora’s act and decision making here goes a long way to show us that she is a prepared and determined individual who does the necessary things in the interest of her loved ones....

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