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and The Doll House Backlash: Criticism, Feminism, Ibsen
A Doll House' is no more about women's rights than Richardn is about the divine right of kings, Shakespeare's or Ghosts about syphilis. ... Its theme is the need of every individual to find out the kind of person he or she is and to strive to become that person.
feminism, or, as it was called in his day, "the woman question." His rescuers customarily cite a statementthe dramatistmade on 26 May 1898 at a seventieth-birthdaybanquet given in his honor by the Norwegian Women's Rights League: I thankyou forthe toast,butmustdisclaim honorof the having consciously worked for the women's rights moveTrue enough, it is desirable to solve the ment... woman problem, along with all the others; but that has not been the whole purpose. My task has been the (Ibsen, Letters 337) description of humanity.
IBSEN HAS BEEN resoundingly saved from
Ibsen's champions like to take this disavowal as a precise reference to his purpose in writing A Doll House twenty yearsearlier,his "originalintention," according to