Feminist Criticism of Henrik Isben's A Doll's House Essay

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Through the eyes of society in the late 1800s, women were seen only as incompetent pretty little nothings. Keeping an eyeful watch on the house, starting their pre-destined act of motherhood, and becoming followers on the narrow path behind their husbands were the duties of a woman. In Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, he criticizes the sexist ways women were exploited in 1879, during a time known as The Victorian Era.

Nora’s character, in A Doll’s House, represents the treatment that every woman was subjected to during The Victorian Era. As pure little play dolls for their husbands, women were treated in extremely childish ways. Such as the scene demonstrated in A Doll’s House when Nora is caught in a lie, telling her husband no
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Nora starts out in the play as the typical woman of her time, flowing through the house with hums of sweetness. However, she is sneaky by hiding such things as the macaroons, the Christmas tree, and presents. She also hides riskier subjects such as the forged unpaid loan she took out for her husband’s life, and the blackmail presented by Krogstad, leaving her with the challenge of finding herself. A challenge that the majority of women back in this era would not think twice of attempting. Nora becomes very much aware of all the damage that can happen with her family concerning the blackmail.

For the time Nora was present in, it would be logical for her to either reveal the truth to her husband or commit suicide, but instead she runs to other alternative solutions. Nora tries to undertake actions that were not very appropriate for women to take during the late 1800s, and her fears end up leading her to hide the truth of the blackmail from her husband. However, when Helmer discovers the letter, Nora loses herself, her power of control, and is forced to face the music.

This next scene in the play, when Helmer becomes aware of the secret, represents the reaction a typical man would give to his wife back in the Victorian era. As the truth of the letter lies revealed, Helmer becomes obsessed with the deterioration of his reputation. To Nora, he unveils his true self and

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