The Treatment of Women in a Streetcar Named Desire and a Doll House

Topics: A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen, Idea Pages: 4 (1400 words) Published: June 1, 2013
Odile H
Mrs. Lockman
26 April 2013
The Treatment of Women in A Streetcar Named Desire and A Doll House Although A Streetcar Named Desire (ASND) by Tennessee Williams, and A Doll House (ADH) by Henrik Ibsen are written nearly a hundred years apart, both authors have men treat women in similar fashion. Both men, Mitch from ASND and Torvald from ADH, treat women as if women are their possession, they get very angry at the women for not following the rules and finally, as a consequence of not following rules they ruin the man’s reputation. The first treatment of women would be possession. In the plays, both men want the women for themselves. A man having an idea that a woman is their possession is evident in both plays. In ASND, Mitch and Blanche have gone on their date and after some awkward remarks, Mitch tells Blanche, “You need somebody. And I need somebody too. Could it be you and me Blanche?” (Williams 116). This quote obviously shows that Mitch really adores Blanche. Although Mitch does not know about Blanche’s past life at this point, he does know that Blanche is really looking for love. Blanche has a weakness of doing anything to achieve love. What Mitch has done is used Blanche’s weakness to his advantage. He has proclaimed his love with Blanche, having Blanche agree right away, making Blanche a possession to Mitch. This similarly happens to Nora and Torvald in ADH. In ADH, Nora has made one of the biggest commitment as Torvald’s possession by marrying him. After Torvald and Nora comes back from the costume party, Torvald tries to put on an intimate mood, but Nora did not want that. Nora is more concerned about the possibility of leaving Torvald, and tries to ignore his intimate cutes. Torvald is confused and asks, “Am I not to look at my most precious possession? All that loveliness that is mine, nobody’s but mine, all of it mine” (Ibsen, 942). Evidently, this quote shows that Torvald treats Nora as if she is an object that he must protect....
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