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by Henrik Ibsen

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Discuss the theme of feminism in reference to Ibsen's play, A Doll's House.

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Ibsen's A Doll's House is often seen as a play about feminism. This is because Nora Helmer comes to realize that she has been married to a man who cares nothing for her—or her sacrifices to save his life—but only for his reputation. With this discovery, Nora decides to leave at a time when society could not conceive of the act of a woman abandoning her family. When Ibsen wrote the play, the idea was so horrific that he was forced to rewrite the ending if he expected the play to be performed in some parts of the world.

Although he would later be embraced by feminists, Ibsen was no champion of women's rights...

Nora Helmer's circumstances seem to elucidate society's poor treatment of women; however Ibsen was concerned about all human rights in general, and this would have included several characters. Krogstad is a man who has broken the law and continues to be treated as a social outcast even as he struggles to make amends for his mistakes and support his children (alone). There is also Mrs. Linde —she...

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