Feminism in A Doll’s House
Looks at the feminism in Ibsen’s play, especially with respect to Nora’s self-liberation.
Freedom is often thought of as a universal right but as proven by history this right is often dispersed with prejudice. Women have been on the receiving end of this prejudice for many years. In A Doll’s House, the portrayal of Nora and her final breakthrough speech was indication of the feminist outlook in the play. While the author, Ibsen, made specific comments as to the universality of the play, not solely representative of the feminist perspective, there is an aura of feminist ideas in the situation of the play. In a speech given by Ibsen he states, I must decline the honor of being said to have worked for the Women’s Rights movement. I am not even sure what Women’s Rights are (Page 534). The reason for the aura of feminism lies in the uplifting of Nora’s sense of self worth and her awakening to the conditions of her relationships with those that matter most in her life. This play is centered on transformation of the characters. The dynamics of the relationships change, some radical, others significant enough to indicate that Ibsen’s commentary on humanity and social construction was aimed at a woman’s perspective.