A Doll House Final Essay - Fletcher 1 Becca Fletcher Downey...

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Fletcher 1Becca FletcherDowneyAP Literature and Composition8 December 2018A Doll’s Housein the Feminist LensCultural norms of the past enforced women's main priority to be maintaining the household and taking care of the family. A Doll’s House, written by Henrik Ibsen, has Nora defy these social norms and act on her own beliefs. Several characters break away from their social norms during the time period, but Nora defies all of the standards and expectations set up for her.Throughout the play, Nora's conformity to domestic roles and social norms transforming to rebellion depicts Ibsen's message that rebellion is essential for independence and for advancement as a woman. During the time period of the play, women were intended to be obedient, and to only perform domestic roles. Women's roles were limited, but the stereotypical sight to see of women consists of them performing domestic roles. In regards to women's stereotypes during the time period, Joan Templeton proves their domestic dedication through the statement, “the most quintessentially female activity in literature---they are “busy sewing”” (1987). Women sewing is considered to be a typical example of what to find a woman doing throughout the day. Nora, the main protagonist of the play, conforms to these roles, and aids for her family throughout the play.But even as she conforms to the social norms set during the time period, her obedience is not enough. Torvald, Nora's husband, is constantly not appreciative for the roles Nora performs, as he thinks these duties should be expected of a wife. Torvald replies to Nora in regards to

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