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I have been looking at the ways in which playwrights presented the impacts of social expectations on characters and genders in the Victorian time period. The first play in which I explored was Henrik Ibsen’s “A Dolls House”. In the start of A Dolls House we’re introduced to Nora and Torvald, who are the two main characters of this play and were a typical Victorian family at the time. At the start of the play Nora is presented as the perfect Victorian house wife, like many other victorian families her husband Torvald seemed to be controlling her and her daily activities. The idea that men were the more superior at this time was acceptable, and was almost expected from society. Women were seen as their property and were also expected to be obedient, regarding any of their husband’s wishes. It was also required that the women should know how to keep a house respectful and appropriate and just the way that their husbands would like it. One part of A Dolls House Nora exclaims “To have a clean, beautiful house, the way Torvald likes it.” This quote proves to us that Nora is aware of the marriage requirement, and during this time period to please her husband she would need to have everything the way that he would like it to be. In this finding we can see that Nora is going along with society’s expectations of a Victorian house wife during this time. The structure of this quote gives us the feeling that Nora is thinking about what makes her husband happy, by using the commas and pauses we get a sense of her ideas, thoughts and feelings. Its also portrayed that she purposefully acts on

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