The words of Ibsen said, “There are two kinds of moral laws, two kinds of conscience, one for men and one, quite different, for women. They don’t understand each other; but in practical life, woman is judged by masculine law, as though she weren’t a woman but a man…. A woman cannot be herself in modern society.” Throughout the plot there were numerous themes that Ibsen created from those ideas such as deception, blackmail, inequality, marriage, freedom, honesty, and much more. The themes that will be discussed are the sacrificial role of woman, gender, and freedom.
In “A Doll’s House” by Ibsen there were quite a few examples of sacrificial roles held by women. One was when Mrs. Linda had to abandon Krogstad, who was her one and only true love for a richer man. In order to support her mother and two brothers, Mrs. Linda found it necessary to sacrifice her happiness for the sake of helping out her family. Another example of a sacrificial role held by women was when the Nanny had to leave her child to support herself, which is when she started working as Nora’s and now Nora’s children’s caretaker. During the play Nora made a couple of sacrifices such as leaving her children, despite the love she had for them she chose to leave them with the Nanny thinking she would be a better mother and have their best interest at heart. Nora did not want to leave her children; she only wanted to make a way for herself as an adult human being in the world without corrupting them. Not only did Nora do that she also sacrificed her integrity and brought shame upon the manhood of her husband, Torvald to save his life. Gender is something we hear and talk about every day; this too was yet another
theme in “A Doll’s House”. During Ibsen’s time and currently now this issue about gender continues to raise important concerns between men and women such as: the right of a woman to determine and direct course of their own lives, the role of the wife in a marriage, and the...
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