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Outline

  • A Doll`s House is one of Henrik Ibsen`s greatest known and most performed plays.

  • This essay deals with how Henrik Ibsen portrays the 19th-century conventional marriage, as well as how the play’s heroine, Nora Helmer, faces the challenges that came with being a 19th-century wife, and the process leading to her decision to leave her family in pursuit of her individuality

  • The setting of the entire play is in Nora’s house. The actions in the play all take place in one room.

GenderRoles

  • In A Doll`s House, Ibsen shows how 19th-century women are viewed in the society, especially in the context family and marriage. The society is portrayed as having a very narrow view of the role of women in the society

  • Torvald, in particular, believes that Nora’s sacred duty in this world is to be a good mother and wife

CriticalReception

  • A Doll`s House received wide critical acclaim after its publication. Henrik Ibsen`s fresh approach to the subject of marriage elicited a mixed reaction from both literary circles and the general public

  • One critic, Meyer, claims that Ibsen`s novel ideas about the place of women in society, particularly in the marriage setting, have a wider application than the promotion of women`s rights

Conclusion

  • Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House continues to thrill readers worldwide today

  • The play portrays some of the attitudes many people in the society still have towards women and their roles in the society, particularly in marriage and family