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A Synopsis on a Comparitive Study of the Potrayal of Women in Henrik Ibsen’s a Doll’s House and August Strindberg’s Miss Julie

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A SYNOPSIS

ON

A COMPARITIVE STUDY OF THE POTRAYAL OF WOMEN IN HENRIK

IBSEN’S A DOLL’S HOUSE AND AUGUST STRINDBERG’S MISS JULIE

UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF: SUBMITTED BY: DR. NITIN BHATNAGAR RAMANDEEP MAHAL PROFESSOR MPHIL ENGLISH DEPARTMENT OF ROLL NO: 11108654 HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

MAHARISHI MARKANDESHWAR UNIVERSITY MULLANA (AMBALA) APRIL 2011

INTRODUCTION

Women are and have always been a prominent part of literature. Oppression and Dehumanization of women has left a landmark in literature. They have become a part of the writing causing a great stir in the writing of novels and dramas. Later came a phase when women had begun to influence female writers for their place in the society. And hence rose the feminism in literature. Both Ibsen and Strindberg have believed that human nature has dark recesses which must be explored and illuminated. Both have made studies of disordered minds and analyzed relationships. In the entire history of literature there are a few figures like Ibsen and Strindberg who practically have devoted their whole lives to the theatre. In the two plays, women are depicted in a desperate state, not being able to do what their hearts desire or when they do, rather suffer their consequences in the most dismal forms. The powerlessness of a woman suppressed by the male ego is brought about by her status in any given society, whether aristocratic or urban poor. The patriarchal society presses too hard on their lives, suffocating themselves to despair, ill fate and eventually downfall. Ibsen is best known for...