Discuss the relation of the ideas and arguments of Mary Wollstonecraft to A Doll’s House.

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Mary Wollstonecrafts points about the nature of marriage are extremely pertinent to the situation of Nora Helmer in Henrik Ibsen's play,  A Doll’s House. Essentially, she argues that when women are not educated, and do not have a responsible role with respect to finances and household decision, the institution of marriage suffers, and the situation of husbands as well as wives is affected.

Nora herself is trivialized by a patriarchal system in which she lacks useful education and must make her contributions to her marriage by subterfuge. The game playing, in which she is treated and acts as a child-like little lark rather than being able to be an openly constructive partner in the relationship eventually destroys the marriage,

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