A Doll's House: A Push To Freedom



Sometime after the publication of "A Doll's House", Henrik Ibsen spoke
at a meeting of the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights. He explained to
the group, "I must decline the honor of being said to have worked for the
Women's Rights movement. I am not even very sure what Women's Rights are. To
me it has been a question of human rights" ( ). "A Doll's House" is often
interpreted by readers, teachers, and critics alike as an attack on chauvinistic
behavior and a cry for the recognition of women's rights ( ). Instead its theme
is identical to several of his plays written around the same time period: the
characters willingly exist in a situation of untruth or inadequate truth ...

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to her minister's ethical
bombardment about her responsibilities in marriage, she is forced to conceal the
truth about her late husband's behavior ( ). Like "A Doll's House", "Ghosts"
can be misinterpreted as simply an attack on the religious values of Ibsen's
society. While this is certainly an important aspect of the play, it is not,
however, Ibsen's main point. "A Doll's House" set a precedent for "Ghosts" and
the plays Ibsen would write in following years. It established a method he
would use to convey his views about individuality and the pursuit of social
freedom. The characters of "A Doll's House" display Henrik Ibsen's belief that
although people have a natural longing for freedom, they often do not act upon
this desire until a person or event forces them to do so.
Readers can be quick to point out that Nora's change was gradual and
marked by several incidents. A more critical look reveals these gradual changes
are actually not changes at all, but small ...

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his own
social status above love ( ). It is important to understand Nora does not leave
Torvald because of the condescending attitude he has towards her. That was, in
her eyes, a small price to pay for the comfort and stability of his home. In
Bernard Shaw's essay on "A Doll's House", he expresses that the climax of the
play occurs when "the woman's eyes are opened; and instantly her doll's dress is
thrown off and her husband is left staring at her"( ). To the reader "it is
clear that Helmer is brought to his senses" when his household begins to fall
apart ( ). It is important that Shaw's grammar is not overlooked. The
statements "the woman's eyes are opened..." and "Helmer is ...

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