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by Henrik Ibsen

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Is A Doll's House a feminist play? In what ways does Nora embody the ideas of feminism?

A Doll's House is certainly a feminist play, in part, because Nora Helmer does embody the ideals of feminism. Feminists believe that women should enjoy the same opportunities and legal rights as men. Nora experiences the injustice of the misogynistic laws that prevent her from taking out a loan on her own and compel her to do so unlawfully in order to save her husband's life. Ultimately, she questions society and abandons it in an effort to find herself.

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A Doll's House is a feminist play as it absolutely points out how ridiculous and arbitrary misogynist laws are. The life of Torvald Helmer, Nora 's husband, was in danger several years prior to the start of the play, and his doctor told her in private that only a lengthy period of convalescence in a warm climate, like Italy's, would help him to recover. When Nora suggested a loan at the time, "That nearly made [Torvald] angry," he called Nora "thoughtless" and said that it was up to him "not to indulge [her] in [her] whims and caprices." She was attempting to save his life, and he insulted her. Then, in her desperation...

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