A Doll's House Gender Roles

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The play A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen displays the gender roles of the given time period to their fullest extent. Ibsen said while writing the play it was not to focus on women but to form an understanding that it is one’s foremost duty to find out who they are as a person. The play addresses many issues that married women face and how they are not viewed equally in society (Jacobus 684) Nora, the main protagonist, leaves her family “to educate herself,” thus defying society's role for her. In present day it seems to be more expected that women would go in search for their own self-fulfillment rather than blindly fulfilling society’s role for them. Today it’s common for women to defy expectations put in place by society to come to terms with…show more content…
One of the objections that critics and viewers had with this play is how Nora abandoned her obligation to her family. Anne-Marie is an ideal example of how a women had to give her child up for adoption in order for her to support herself. Just like Nora, Anne-Marie had to give up her child to find herself and make a living on her own rather than follow society’s rules. Today, many women get pregnant at a young age and choose to give their child up for adoption in order to further their career. Similarly, the character Ms. Linde in this production has a very similar role to Anne-Marie. Ms. Linde is Nora’s childhood friend who comes back to town in order to find work. Ms.Linde had to work in order to provide for her sick mother and two little siblings. As Ms.Linde says, “My mother was still alive, but bedridden and helpless- and I had my two younger brothers to look after. In all conscience, I didn’t think I could turn him down” (Jacobus 689). Ms. Linde has always been her family’s number one support system whether it’s working or marrying into money. Throughout the play it is evident that Ms. Linde did not have a man taking care of her every need. This then made her more self-sufficient. Many women in present day have to faced very comparable roles. For instance, there are a lot of single moms who have to make a living for themselves and their family. This shows that they are self-sufficient just like Ms.Linde. Even though Ms.Linde did not have to rely on a man to take care of her Nora

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