"A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen.

Essay by gangstar1000High School, 10th grade November 2005

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Often in literature characters are presented as victims of society. There are many examples of this in Henrik Ibsen's controversial play, "A Doll's House". Written during the Victorian era, Ibsen's play would have raised a lot controversy on the roles of males and females in society. The audience would have noticed the constant similarities between themselves and the characters that are presented as victims of society. A lot of the audience would have found the play shocking and disturbing.

Torvald, a character who is a typical Victorian era husband, with a sweet wife, three children, a nanny, a maid and a well paid job; would have represented a large percentage of the play's male audience. Only people, who were well off as Torvald, could go to the theatre and have such luxuries, in that period of time.

Torvald is a victim of society, forced by the need to fit into society's circle and to be classified as high in social status.

Torvald is aware of the pressures of society and is willing to adhere to them. Although Torvald is a victim of society, it's quite evident that he is happy and comfortable with the idea.

Torvald has everything he could possibly want, and everything society could possibly expect him to have, in life. A family, a beautiful wife, a home, a good respectable job, which has given him a higher status in society, a office of his own, to do his man to man business, and plenty of money so that he can spoil his pet, Nora. This is the major reason why Torvald does not want to do anything such as "touch any case that isn't - well - nice" in case it affects his image and gives his name a bad reputation. Torvald would do...