The Suppression of Women in the House of Bernarda Alba and a Doll's House

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Suppression of women was a serious issue in several countries over the past few centuries. The women of Spain and Norway were suppressed at the time the two plays A Doll’s House and The House of Bernarda Alba were written. Although this issue has improved in most countries, it still is occurring in some countries. This issue was portrayed in the themes of these two plays. Both A Doll’s House and The House of Bernarda Alba portray the suppression of women and their lack of freedom in different ways. In a Doll's House, Nora has always appeared to be obedient to her father and her husband. However what they do not know of is that she only acted that way in front of them, giving them the perfect impression of her. On the other hand she went and did all the things she was not intended to do behind their backs their backs. For instance, when Torvald asked Nora to stop eating macaroons, she still did whenever he was not around her. Nora dreams of freedom through out the play. However, her vision of freedom changes. “Free. To be free, absolutely free. To spend time playing with the children. To have a clean, beautiful house, the way Torvald likes it.” In this quotation from her conversation with Mrs. Linde in Act One, Nora claims that she will be “free” after the New Year. After New Year is when Torvald gets his promotion and she would have paid off her debt to Krogstad. However, this freedom that she dreams of at the beginning of the play is the materialistic life that Torvald wishes to have and not what she truly wants. As Nora describes her expected freedom, she highlights the thing that is holding her back. She thinks that freedom will give her time to be a better mother and wife with a beautiful home, just like her husband likes it. But the message of the play is that Nora cannot find true freedom in this household. As the play continues, she realizes that she must change her life to find true freedom, which is what changes her vision of freedom. By the end of the...
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