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A Dolls House Essay

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Social Criticism in A Doll's House In A Doll's House, Ibsen as he often does, criticizes society and the ways of life in that time. Ibsen shows this in Torvold's overwhelming power and control over Nora. This is also seen in the way that Women are weakened by society. Lastly it is shown in the way that Torvold tries to maintain a good reputation to the public. Ibsen critics many different aspects of society from the way that the male figure is so dominant in marriage, next how the woman does not have much of a role in society, and finally how reputation is more important than morals.First is the way that the marriage between Torvold and Nora is put to shame due to the overpowering actions of ...view middle of the document...

Therefore showing the very weak role of women in society by saying that Torvold would have rather died then have a women save him.Last is the idea that in the upper class of society the most important part of your life is how others portray you, bringing me to my next topic which is how Torvold's reputation was more important than his family life and morals. As was sad before Nora had been very loyal to him for the years of their marriage and then when it came to the point where Torvold could return the favor to Nora by defending her and he was more concerned with making sure it doesn't get out so that his reputation would not be ruined. Ibsen is criticizing the social ways in this situation due to the shallowness of the upper class in dealing with this sort of problem.Another author that criticizes society in his work is Harper Lee. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird Lee does a great job at putting down and mocking society. The difference between Ibsen's criticism and Lee criticism was that while Ibsen focused on the upper class, Lee's criticism is focused more towards the lower class. An example of criticism in the novel is the way that a black person of that time and place was unjustly accused of a crime just because the color of his skin, and even if their was evidence to support and prove him innocent the jury of all white men would...

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