Is A Doll’s House a play about the rights of women? Give reasons for your answer.
Yes, definitely. In fact, this play (1879) is very often cited as Realism's first major contribution to the feminism that took hold in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The dramatic complication of whether Nora was a forger is adumbrated by the (at the time) sensational notion that a woman could in any way contribute to the financial well-being of a family. Records of the first performances give testimony to the social uproar the play caused. And the analogy of a doll's house to a real human woman's house has been quoted hundreds of times. Subsequent dramatic productions by such playwrights as Strindberg, Brecht, and Glaspell (see The Father, Mother Courage, and Trifles) gradually brought to the public eye the built-in injustices of treating women like second-class citizens.