Feminism And Ibsen

This paper focuses on feminist traits portrayed in four plays by celebrated playwright Henrik Ibsen, i.e. A Doll’s House, Ghosts, An Enemy of the People and The Wild Duck. This paper's main purpose is to discuss the features of feminist ideology in the mentioned four plays and whether it is right to tag Henrik Ibsen as a feminist playwright. In this paper, all the four plays are discussed under the propositions presented by researchers of Ibsen's plays. The paper begins with a discussion of Nora Helmer, the female protagonist in Ibsen's A Doll’s House. In the second part of the paper, another play Ghosts is discussed with a close study of its female lead character Mrs. Alving and her situations. The third part of this paper focuses on minor female characters, although they are quite prominent in Ibsen’s play An Enemy of the People where we find motherly Catherine and her honest daughter Petra who believes in her father’s ideologies. The next part of this paper discusses which of the four plays analyzed in this paper fits best into the feminist worldview and which does not adhere much to the general notion of feminism. The concluding part unfolds Henrik Ibsen's real position as a playwright. It dissects various propositions and possibilities that his female- centric plays manifest and how far feminism in reality adhered to Ibsen’s actual intention while creating those plays. This paper endeavors to unfold the literary and real position of Henrik Ibsen, whether he could be called a feminist playwright or he is better studied as a pro- human rights dramatist and philosopher. This paper discusses the traits of feminist ideologies in Ibsen’s plays through the portrayals of the significant female characters and their unique actions in the play.

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