The structure of the play is reminiscent of certain other works of literature from the period before modernism. Using symbolism and character pairs to structure the narrative which eventually becomes a (naturalistically developed) polemic on identity is also not something we'd usually see in works of modernism.
If we are using the term "modern" here to mean contemporary then we can talk about how the issues of dignity and identity are alive and well today, especially in theater. This play, in that regard, is still highly relavant.
A Doll's House has a universal theme which, to this day, continues to be debated: The role of females within the family unit. When the play was written, Ibsen basically defined the role women as a nurturers, entertainers, mistresses, and lovers. Nora "tainted" that role by attempting the unthinkable: To be useful.
Still, to this day we have several societal rules that are imposed upon women and are even more difficult to understand. For once, women are always...
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