What are Ibsen's ideas about gender and societal roles in A Doll's House?

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A Doll's House explores a range of views on social roles, marriage, and identity. The various characters of the play present expressions of different takes on each of these issues.

Though much has been made of A Doll's House as a comment on gender roles, the play does not offer a single perspective on the role of men or women in society, but rather offers a complex view of the difficulties of identity even within a rigidly defined social situation. 

Taking Mrs. Linde and Nora as examples, we can begin to see how these two characters work together to present a complex perspective on gender roles. 

Contrary to Nora's late-blooming independence, Mrs. Linde chooses to marry Krogstad so that she can take care of him and his children. She states on multiple occassions that she wishes to have someone to take care of. She cannot imagine life without work and, for her, work implies emotional caretaking. 

Nora is bonded to her children, not because she is expected to be but because she has an authentic...

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