A doll's House.

Ever heard of the act named "A Doll's House." It was written by Henrik Ibsen. I will capture some of the introduction from the book.

The play focuses on the domestics setting in the households of Torvald Helmer and his wife Nora. The playwright dramatizes, in the play, the patriarchal cultural norms and practices that sustain gender inequality in the society. It is an intimate story of Nora as a woman and how she experiences womanhood in a society that perceive her as an object. To her husband, Nora is an amusing 'thing' to be petted, but unreliable. To other people she is naive and spoiled. Hence, Nora comes to symbolize the status of the majority of women in this conservative patriarchal society in which the play is set.

The action of the play opens on a Christmas Eve. From the onset, the author emphasizes the marital relationship between Nora and Torvald. As the play opens, it seems Nora is completely happy and that she responds to her husband's teasing affectionately. She seems excited and takes pleasure in everything and everyone around her, even as she is coddled, pampered, and patronized by the same people. Nevertheless, as the play progresses, it becomes apparent that Nora is not just simple-minded as Torvald take her. It becomes clear that she understands the complexity of life, loved her husband, and cares for her family in a more complex and deeper manner than the husband can understand. Despite all odds, she manages to incur a loan on her own to preserve her husband's (Torvald's)health in a society that does not recognize the right of women to execute financial transactions such as taking loans.

The fact that she is willing to break the conservative and patriarchal law that undermine the place of women in society to safeguard her husband's life means that she is full of capabilities beyond what society assigns women and wives. She is courageous, intelligent, responsible, caring and selfless. Furthermore, despite Krogstad's blackmail and the trauma that follows, Nora's steadfast nature does not change. Rather, these challenges make her more acutely aware of the unjust position of woman in the society, her unfulfilled and underappreciated potential.

Her character is full of strong devotion, she chooses to go away when she finds she would harm by staying.

Many women still go through this oppression and are denied doing anything that is not in their so called "Wife-To-Do-Lists" But society will have to understand that women make this world a better place to live with the affectionate, intelligence and power they carry within themselves.


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