Do you think A Doll's House achieves the author's purpose of providing a "problem play" while emphasizing a feminist perspective?

A Doll's House does achieve the author's purpose of providing a "problem play" while emphasizing a feminist perspective on that problem, critiquing the repression of women in nineteenth-century society. Ibsen presents Nora Helmer as smart and capable, and he validates her right to develop her own identity and make her own choices.

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Certainly, Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House is a problem play because it focuses on a particular social issue—the repression of women—and it provides a feminist perspective on women's independence in the way it champions Nora Helmer's agency and decision-making. The play takes the repression of women as its subject, via the experiences of one woman in particular. It realistically depicts her experiences, and how her lack of equality with men in late nineteenth-century society leads to a number of inequities in her life. For example, she feels compelled to forge her father's signature for a loan that her husband will not approve because she cannot legally borrow money unless a man cosigns the contract. She also misinterprets the way Torvald, her husband, infantilizes her as an expression of his affection rather than recognizing it as a clue that he thinks of her as lesser than he: less capable, less intelligent, less worldly. Ultimately, the play shows that the problem of women's inequality works to the detriment of everyone in society.

The play emphasizes a feminist perspective in the way it seems to validate Nora's desire for independence and equality and condemn the injustices she, and even Christine Linde, experience. Nora's decision to leave her family, her husband, and her children, and to set out on her own to figure out who she really is in the absence of control by either father or husband, is not presented as selfish but, rather, important and necessary. That she should have an equal opportunity to find out who is she and what she wants, regardless of the men in her life, was a radical idea at the time, and it affirms the play's feminist perspective.

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