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Inequality which led to a break up

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Inequality which Led to A Break Up
Hearing the word “family” we should not only picture a husband and a wife raising their children, but also a mutual behavior within the couple. Henrik Ibsen's play, written in 1879, called “A Doll House” is written particularly about a couple, a banker, Torvald, and a housewife, Nora. The story takes place during a period of time, when the status of women is not equal and suppressed comparing to men within the marriage. As the play progresses, it seems that Nora loves her husband, nevertheless being treated as a child. Torvald does not trust anything to Nora, especially his money. He thinks that Nora is too foolish to handle neither money nor any business. Obviously Nora does not like the fact that her husband thinks she is foolish, but because of her love towards her husband, the situation in the society and risk of losing her husband, she pretends that everything is fine. She realizes that the only way to stay in a relationship with Torvald is to become his puppet; a puppet which would do everything to satisfy his owner. Even at time when she is not agree with Torvald, she would lie and say that he was reasonable; she would pretend that she cannot make any step without his help. At the end of the play Nora seems to be fed being treated like a child, and decides to leave.

“A Doll House” is a classical play which illustrates the gender roles of the nineteenth century. The happening in the relationship of Torvald and Nora is typical for that society. Most of the families would not mind to live according to the law of the society, where women rights are suppressed. However, it is not the case in this particular play. Being unable to reconcile with Torvald's mistreatment, Nora leaves the “doll house” created by her husband.

Torvald's nature of his feeling towards his wife is not traditional. Torvald treats Nora neither as woman, nor as a mother of his children, but as a doll. He treats her as a property that he owns. For...