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Social Structure in A Dolls House

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Vinoja Vijay

on 30 September 2016

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Transcript of Social Structure in A Dolls House

By: Henrik Ibsen
A Doll's House
Social Structure
A Doll's House
Vinoja Vijay
Henrik Ibsen recognizes and challenges the modern view of society in regards to the status of men and women in the 1870's.
A Doll's House
shines light onto the pressing social issue of female rights and the taboos of female independence.
Norwegian Culture
Gender Roles (1879)
Role of Men and Women
Feminist Movement
Henrik Ibsen's View
Norwegian Culture in the Victorian Era
Gender Roles in Society
Feminist Movement in Norway
Henrik Ibsen's Views
Literature, Theater and the Arts
were a very important part of Norwegian culture.
Especially for the
Upper and Middle-Classes
for women meant being a housewife for their husband.
Love marriage
was very popular but, women chose to
marry financially
stable men.
Women's Rights
was a strong ongoing movement in the late 1850s. It was not until 1879-1890 that Norway became aware of the strength of

gave high political and social status .
Universities only accepted people who have studied in religion, medicine or law.
Roles of Men in Society (1879)
Expected to be the "providers" of their family
Secured job positions
Able to own property
Able to have bank accounts
Most rights gained by 21 years old
Expected to be "man" of the household
Feel superior and proud
Financial Positions
Society Positions
Roles of Women in Society (1879)
Stay-at-home mothers
Organize house work
Arrange stay at home nannies to care for children
Society Positions
Educated on being obedient to husband
Educated to become mothers
Expected to be true Christians
Knowledge in being modest and eloquent
Future Positions
Feminism in the 1850's
Women were not considered people in society ("owned" by father or husband after marriage)
No control over finances and could not own property
Unmarried women were considered
Single women could apply for work but, usually not accepted in factories or prestigious jobs
Feminism in 1879
The development of women's rights were slow but, still progressive.
Women were considered adults at the age of 25 (regardless of marriage status)
Literature was a way women spoke about their feelings and views
Henrik Ibsen's
A Doll's House
revolutionized feminism and helped women's rights causes
1879 was a year of change and improvement which led to the widespread of feminist movement's in 1900's.
Questions To Think About
1. Do any characters act in opposition to the norms of society? What factors might have changed their behaviors?

2. How is Torvald influenced by the male-dominated society he lives in?

"A woman
cannot be herself
in contemporary society, it is an exclusively
male society
with laws drafted by men, and with counsel and judges who
judge feminine conduct
from the male point of view."

-Henrik Ibsen

A Doll's House was an extremely controversial play in 1879.

Depiction of women's views helped society understand what the feminist movement was about.
Addressed many real life issues of women in middle-class.
Creating female protagonists working against the barriers of societal norms.
Believed women were of equal standing to men.
Gender Equality in Europe
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