In the play The Doll's House, what is Ibsen’s idea about an individual’s significance and rights as a human being? Explore incidents from the play.

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It is evident from characters and incidents in Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, that Ibsen is very aware that society is imposing many injustices upon individuals and restricting their rights as human beings.  Ibsen shows us the cruelties of society with respect to women through his character Nora, but he also shows us society’s cruelties with through his character Krogstad.  Through his character Nora Ibsen shows us just how few rights society gave women.  Women were not given financial freedom, they were not even given the opportunity to be educated.  Women, like Nora, were treated as personal property and passed from father to husband.  With relation to Krogstad’s character we learn society is cruel and unrelenting with relation to the law.  If a law is broken, like committing fraud in order to save a husband’s life or other noble intentions as in Krogstad’s case, then the individual is still treated as a criminal.  Isben saw that society gave no thoughts of compassion towards an individual with respect to motive.  Society also kept these criminals like Krogstad from making anything of themselves keeping them in distress and poverty.