Evolution Within A People In A Doll's House And An Enemy Of The People By Henrik Ibsen

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Evolution Within a People in A Doll's House and An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen

In all cultures it is easy to see the effects of change. Change can be a revolution, a new form of thought, or a new idea surfacing. No matter what these changes are, they often emerge from the minority. In several cases this results an uprising, turning the social system on end. Simple examples of this type of change can be seen in the French or American revolutions, and even in the hippie movement of the 1960's. These changes depict how an idea shared only by a select few can snowball into the mindset of thousands. Within A Doll's House and An Enemy of the People, Henrick Ibsen shows his standpoint on the benefits of social change, and evolution within a people.

A Doll?s House presents a revolutionary change for Norway in the 1880?s. During this time period women were seen as second or even third class citizens, and though numerically this is not true, a minority . Ibsen presents his character Nora as a plaything, sorely manipulated by the men in her life. As the play progresses, Nora comes to understand how she has been formed into an ?ideal? women by both her father and husband. She discovers how selfish her husband truly is when she is momentarily caught into a scandal. Though she would do anything to protect him, he would not raise a finger to assist her if it meant tarnishing his social standing. Upon discovering this, Nora stands up for herself and leaves all that she has known in order to find her true identity, and save her children from a similar fate. This evolution of character embodies a revolution within the female half of the population. Nora represents a faction of the population which was widely unrepresented, and generally considered the lowest minority. Through A Doll?s House, Ibsen shows his love of social change.

An Enemy of the People presents a very different form of change. In this instance a very important figure in the society, Dr. Stockholm is the minority. He finds an error in a recently built bath house that is currently funding a large portion of the city. Stockholm immediately notifies...

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