For this assignment, the two works used are Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House and Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits. These two works were selected for the peculiar way their authors have chosen to give a close to these stories.
A Doll House is a play written in 1879 as a commentary to the norms surrounding marriage during the Victorian era (Wikipedia, "Doll")…
Nora borrows 250 pounds so that she and her husband can spend a year in Italy, a journey that would save her husband's life from the clutches of illness. In doing so, she forges the date appearing beside her father's signature on the legal tender of the loan, and to pay for it, she tucked away part of her household allowance and did odd jobs behind her husband's back.
The relationship between the couple is put to test when Torvald threatens to dismiss Nils Krogstad, one of the clerks in the bank that he manages. Incidentally, Krogstad is also Nora's creditor. Krogstad attempts to blackmail Nora into convincing her husband to retain Krogstad in his position in the bank; in return, the secret of the loan will remain a secret. Nora fails to do so, and tries to scheme and plan to avert the impending disgrace. She even thought of going away so that her family would be spared the humiliation (Sparknotes, "Doll").
Among the means that came Nora's way to hide the secret is a promise of help from her girlhood friend Christine Linde. Nils Krogstad is Mrs. Linde's former sweetheart; she thought she could convince him to keep the secret. But when the time came, Mrs. Linde reneged on her promise. ...
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It is Allende’s first book. The novel has also been released in form of a film and is based majorly on Allende’s life experience, and political events that took place in china then (Zapata and Peden, 2002 p.41-122). It is a prime representation of magical realism as it is characterized by simple and straightforward staging of unique magical events.
The play shows that women in those times were treated as dolls and were not included in the decision made by their husbands nor did the male members of society give any thought to their feelings or concerns.
Although my familiarity
Within the family, women today have acquired important roles such as being a co-provider for her family which differs greatly from the conventional role of the women during the 19th century. In the society, women have also gained key roles such
Ibsen has therefore, been credited for popularizing and mastering the dramatic realism derived from the new perspective in literature (Ibsen and Archer 96). He chose a language and style that emphasized the local realism.
The play follows the life of Nora Helmer as she stirs
Breaking the traditional norms, Allende chooses to portray women’s age-old condition from a female perspective in patriarchal society. She shows that in a male dominated society, a woman’s story is basically almost the same for three generation. It is the
lost her faith in everything that surrounded her, so she resolutely and consistently oversteps all conventional norms, which bother her on her way of finding her own personality; she adjudicates both laws of society and her own love. She decides that people should primarily