How Shakespeare And Ibsen Treated Their Women

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How Shakespeare and Ibsen
Treated their Women

     Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and Ibsen’s A Doll’s House portray women in many ways. Both authors have strong feelings about women and weren’t afraid to express them in their writing. Shakespeare’s views about women differed greatly with those of Ibsen’s. Both Kate, from Taming of the Shrew, and Nora, from A Doll’s House, were mistreated by the men in their lives. Throughout this paper you will hear supporting details about how the two authors had contrasting ideas about the way men should treat women.
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“This is a way to kill a wife with kindness.'; This was Petruccio’s quote referring to the way he was treating Kate. He complimented her all the time and never took the answer “no';. With Petruccio’s control over Kate, Shakespeare further deprived women of their dignity.
     While Shakespeare depicted women as ignorant shrews, Ibsen gave them the credit that they deserved as being human beings. In the time period that A Doll’s House was written, women’s roles were still limited to those of the “house-wife.'; Ibsen ignored these stereotypes and gave women the credit they so deserved.
In the story, A Doll’s House, a woman named Nora was faced with a hard situation. She had to decide whether to break the law and save her husband’s life, or let him die. She evidently chose to save his life, but this decision didn’t come without strings attached. She had to borrow money from a friend, which back then wasn’t proper for a woman to do. Ibsen gave women a little credit by showing them take chances, like Nora’s borrowing money. Nora tried to pay the loan off secretly but that didn’t work. Her husband found out and was furious. Now, Ibsen shows the bad side of men as where Shakespeare...

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