What is the purpose of A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen?

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In A Doll's House, Torvald Helmer treats his wife, Nora, much like a child, and this is a reflection of society at the latter end of the nineteenth century. During this time, women were not allowed to vote and were not deemed responsible or fit enough to manage their own financial affairs. Therefore, society was constructed in a way that made women almost entirely dependent on the men in their lives; most often, the financial role was fulfilled by husbands, as it was also not considered proper for middle-class women to work outside their homes. If women dared to leave their marriages, they likely had no possible means of supporting themselves and therefore also lost their children. Women were fairly trapped in circumstance.

In the play, Nora seeks medical treatment for her husband and finds a way to pay for it herself. This takes some creative liberties with the truth, but she sacrifices all she can to save his life. When Krogstad , another man in her life, has the opportunity, he threatens...

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