A Doll House: a Feminist Approach to the Play by Henrik Ibsen

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A Doll House
A feminist approach to the play by Henrik Ibsen

The Feminist movement is an ongoing reaction against the male definition of woman. In most western civilizations men have dominated politics, society and the economy of their worlds. They have suppressed the voices of the women so that they could mold it the way they wanted it. Thus they defined what was feminine as insubstantial, subservient and devoid of will. Femininity was further emotion driven, illogical, naive and ought not be taught to be anything else. Feminism has been changing the world for more than a century and the new viewpoints it has brought give a new insight into literature. Feminist critics siphon the male perspective from a piece and look carefully at
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Only in this complete break were Nora and the Feminists able to become something real and stand on their own mixed among the works of men in the world.
The real protagonist of this story is Kristine. Her life has forced her to find a balance of the masculine and feminine influences. Because she has this understanding of both parts of society she is able to see the things that the other characters cannot see because they only understand half the story. She brings resolution to all of the other characters in the story. Through her, Nora finds that she cannot exercise her will in the world that she is in and must break away from it before she is able to truly understand the real world and her place within it. Torbald learns, because of Kristine's wise judgment to leave the note for him, that his total control of his wife has had a disastrous effect. Because he never let her make any mistakes to learn from, the only time she acted without his help she made a grave error without any understanding of what she had done. Even the heard-hearted Krogstad benefited from her understanding that in order to be complete, men and women need each other. She gave him the possibility of living a life more whole than the one he had, just when the holes in it were becoming unbearable to him. Kristine shares a road to peace with the other characters