Research Paper on A Doll House

Research Paper on A Doll House - Condoleezza Rice...

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Condoleezza Rice successfully established herself as a significant political figure during George W. Bush’s first term. Hilary Rodham Clinton drastically altered the stereotype of a pampered First Lady by becoming the Senator for, arguably, one of the most important states in the nation, New York. Rosa Parks started one of the most influential social movements in United States history. Queen Victoria transformed England into a truly dominating global power. Whether these women were loved or hated, they each have radically shattered the common gender stereotype given to women. While each of these women come from different backgrounds, times, and cultures, each have successfully displayed the power women possess. In the controversial play, A Doll House , Henrik Ibsen uses strong female characters to reveal the problems caused by the attitude and false beliefs many shared towards women and their role in society, which predictably sprung outrage and uncertainty among its original audience. Through the exceptionally complex character, Nora Helmer, Ibsen accurately conveys the turmoil that results from gender stereotypes many women are suppressed under. It is clear that Nora suffers from excessive immaturity and has failed to develop her own character. Nora’s conversation with Kristine Linde in the beginning of Act I demonstrates Nora’s childlike characteristics. When Kristine spoke of her financial troubles and misfortune, Nora immediately responds with news about Torvald’s new job: “Oh, we’re simply delighted, believe me! He’ll join the bank right after New Year’s and start getting a huge salary and lots of commissions” (Ibsen 562). Any person of Nora’s age is generally expected to act with a sense respect. Because Nora is unable to realize the blatant inappropriateness and insensitivity of her response, the excerpt above noticeably demonstrates her immaturity. While one can not reveal the definite cause of Nora’s underdeveloped character, it has been speculated that Nora’s state of being results from differing gender principles. One critic explains, “[t]he idea that a woman is a grown-
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up child, without mind but with much heart, devoid of logic, but sensitive and intuitive, is traditional Western culture” (Valency 253) Such cultural beliefs would certainly have a profound influence upon Nora’s self confidence and her view upon her own capabilities. Gosse reasons, “[Nora’s] insipidity, her dollishness, come[s] from the incessant repression of her family life. . . swung into artificial sleep by the egotistical fondling of the men on whom she depends for emotional existence” (221). This colorful illustration demonstrates how Nora’s upbringing has put her at an emotional disadvantage. Valency further elaborates on the idea “[i]n accordance with the canonical concept of marriage, Torvald has postured consistently as the wise and monumental male, and Nora, suitably conditioned by her upbringing, has thus far accepted this pose as fact” (254). As Valency implies, Nora was forced to mold into the role of a wife and
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