16 April, 2013
A Doll's House: Woman Sacrifices
How would you like to live in a society in which you were subjected to live for a man and not yourself. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen tells the story of Nora a wealthy woman and the struggles she as well as the other female characters in a male dominant society face because of their gender. In this essay I will discuss how the women in Ibsen's society scarifies themselves in order to remain in there gender roles. In Ibsen's society Nora is considered to be a bourgeoisie which means to be born into money so one would think she would have nothing to scarifies, however this is not so. Nora is our fist example of how the women in A Doll's House sacrifices their needs in order to stay in their gender role. In act three of A Doll's House Nora reaches her breaking point and tells her husband that she is not happy and she wishes to leave him and their children so she can go find her self. After an failed attempt to hide her secret from her husband and his explosive response to finding it out such secret Nora states “when I was at home with papa, he told me his opinion about everything, and so I had the same opinions; and if differed from him I concealed the fact, because he would not have liked it … I mean that I was simply transferred from papa's hands into yours”(3.2.). Nora realizes that she does not have an identity of her own as a child her identity was that of her father and when she was married she took on the identity of her husband. Nora has sacrificed her identity because the only one that she had was the one giving to her by her father and the one she took on when she married Helmer.