How are woman overpowered by their men in the novels “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “A Doll’s House”?compare and contrast

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In A Doll's House Nora's experiences about being a wife are not being able to become independent. This is the way she is overpowered by her spouse. In the play, Nora remembers a lot about when she had to work to earn money.  She was happy then she felt like a man. During this time in history good women were not permitted to work.

In addition, the bank owner discriminates against Mrs. Lind.The bank owner asks Mrs. Lind if she is married. She is only permitted to work for him if she is a widow.

Nora talks with the nanny about her life. The nanny speaks as if she had not difficulty working. Nora admires her independence.

Nora has to beg from her husband in order to get money because she cannot earn it on her own. She resorts to manipulation and acting coy to get what she needs.

In 100 years of solitude Eve is the most obvious character who is overpowered by her role as a woman. Eve's life is representative of all women. Women undergo the pain of childbirth knowing that they will give birth to a dictator or someone with great faults like the males that proceeded her.

The other character is Ursula who tried very hard not to be like the others but it makes her family under suspicion of murder and they have to hide.  No matter what these women characters do, the cycle of violence continues on. Fernanda tries to organise her own life and her children but they end up hating her.

The fact remains that in 100 years of Solitude  and A Dolls House, the women are so trapped by society that there is no way they can assume their own power.

In One Hundred Years, the consequences of breaking out of that power struggle is death while Ibsen's characters would suffer a lesser punishment, social exclusion and/or economic exclusion (poverty).

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