A Doll’s House / Henrik Ibsen

a-dolls-houseHenrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House is one of the important attempts to elaborate the importance of the economic independence of women in the history of literature. Nora, the protagonist of the play and her friend Mrs. Linde are gridlocked in positions in their lives that put them to make unwilled choices. Mrs. Linde gets married to a man just because of economic reasons, and Nora fakes her father’s signature to get his money for handling the depression of her husband. The only happy and esteemed female character is Anne-Marie, who is the nanny of Nora’s children. She is the first working and economically independent woman that readers/audience meet in the play. When Mrs. Linde is approved to work in the bank by Mr. Helmer and earns her economic independence, she decides to get marry to Mr. Krogstad, the man she loved but couldn’t get married once because of economic reasons. The women without economic independence are like dolls who have no control over their lives, and when they earn their financial freedom, these dolls become human beings and decide their destinies.

The progress of a country is dependent on the participation of all the people living in on country. According to a research by The Heritage Foundation, women’s income in free economies is, on average, almost ten times the income of women in repressed economies.[1] The more women are able to create wealth means that the wealthier the country becomes. So the economic independence of women not only turns them into human beings but at the same time contributes to the wealth of their country.

[1] Ana I. Eiras, Women and Development: Empowerment Through Economic Freedom, http://www.heritage.org/research/lecture/women-and-development-empowerment-through-economic-freedom, April 24, 2016.

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