1. A Doll House By: Henrik Ibsen
This quotation is found within the play “A Doll House”. The character Nora is speaking to her old friend Mrs. Linde and Dr.Rank. The time period and society Nora lived in, was where women were viewed as inferior to men. Women of that era were expected to stay at home and attend to the needs of their spouse and children. Her husband Torvald, would constantly disallow the slightest pleasures that she aspired to have, such as macaroons. Nora lived a life of lies in order to hold her marriage together. She kept herself pleased with little things such as telling Dr. Rank and Mrs. Linde; "I have such a huge desire to say-to hell and be damned!" This quote is significant within the play because it is Nora trying to release some inner emotion. The cursing of that matter was most likely taboo for a woman to speak like that so this allowed her to feel a sense of equality to men. The need for her to consume these macaroons behind her controlling husband's back was a way for her to satisfy her idea of independence.
2. The Awakening and Selected Stories By: Kate Chopin
This quotation is found in the short story “The Awakening”. This quote is spoken by Edna while she is speaking to Madame Ratignolle, the pianist. While Edna is listening to her play something different strikes within her and probes unexplored emotional territories in her. Their piano playing is entertaining and pleasant not something that creates challenges amongst the listener. This quote is significant because it allows the reader to understand that for a Victorian woman, the use of art as a form of self-exploration and self-articulation constitutes a rebellion amongst the opposite sex. A theme within the story is what happens as a result of seeking independence for women. Women often become in solitude like state as a result of freedom. Edna makes that decision to start her true journey to self-discovery which alters her life dramatically, which is the risk she had...
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