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by Henrik Ibsen

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What is the lesson of the play "A Doll's House"?

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Henrik Ibsen wrote plays that dealt with many taboo subjects of the time, including the place of women in society, venereal disease, marriage, and double standards; A Doll's House features all of these issues. The key lesson expressed in A Doll's House is ultimately that rigid gender roles stifle truth, individuality, and personal fulfillment.

A Doll's House examines the marriage of Nora and Torvald Helmer , and the audience watches as Nora, once content with her superficially perfect life, begins to resent the limitations of the Victorian society in which she lives. Nora faces many double-standards related to gender—for example, she is unable to borrow money (even to save her husband's life). The fragility of her position is made even more clear to...

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