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During the time period in which A Doll’s House was written, it was typical of the wife to be the primary caretaker of her children, clean house, and maintain her image. The husband’s primary role was to go to work everyday and provide for his family. However, not all women were willing to be part of this role and wanted to be able to live life the way they wanted. As A Doll’s House shows, Nora was one of the women who did not want to be consumed by the role she was expected to play. Many times she went against the societal normalities and created her own script. Due to the actions Nora took in this play, there was much controversy over this play in the 19th century which ultimately led to the change of how women are viewed. In A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, Nora rebelled against the societal norms through her words and actions which further question the ideals of all other women. Nora wanted to change the order of her duties to the way she wished and not what society tells her. She felt as if she had to fight with society in order to be able to live the life she wanted. Nora also was not going to continue to be controlled by those around her and live up to their standards. First, in A Doll’s House, Nora no longer wanted to have the same duties as she has had for the majority of her life and wanted them to change. Instead, she wanted to do things the way she wanted. When having a conversation with Helmer, he said her most sacred duties are to her husband and her children. However, she told Helmer that those were not her only duties, but that she also had “Duties to myself” (Act 3). Nora did not want to have to continue to be smothered with the ideas that the society had previously set for her. This response was very much unheard of as the thought of women valuing anything other than their husband, children, and their house duties were unfamiliar in this time period. For a woman to have these thoughts, especially to voice them, were astonishing. “I believe, before all else, I’m a human being” (Act 3). A woman was considered to be more of an object than an actual human being. They had a specific role and if they were to deter from it they would get in trouble for it. In A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, Nora wanted things to change and she no longer wanted to be conformed by society. Secondly, Nora felt as if she was in a constant fight with society because of the way she wanted to live in A Doll’s House. In another conversation with Helmer about religion and society, Helmer had told Nora that she does not understand the society that she lives in. Nora felt otherwise and said to Helmer “I must make up my mind which is right — society or I” (Act 3). In this one statement, Nora questions everything that society says. Nora does not want to follow the rules set forth by the society and wishes to think for herself and take any action she wants. ‘I must try to educate myself” (Act 3). Nora will not stand for the society having the ability to control her every thought and movement and feeling as if it is not her who controls herself, but society. She wants the ability to learn new things in her life instead of just being told the little information she is and not have a say about it. In A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, Nora no longer was willing to be controlled by society and wanted to fight it. Thirdly, in A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, Nora was not going to continue to be tailored by those around her as if she was living in a fantasy world. To Nora, it was like every move she made was preplanned and she was not the one in control of her movements. “I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I was papa’s doll-child” (Act 3). In this statement to Helmer, Nora expresses her feeling of being like a doll that is thrown around by those around her and does what she is told. Just as her father had done to her when she was younger, her husband has been doing to her. She wants to be able to make decisions for herself and take action when she feels necessary and not have to ask her husband if it is allowed of her. In this conversation, Nora also claimed that she felt as if “our home has been nothing but a playroom” (Act 3). Not only is Nora’s every move already calculated, but also the family’s. Everything has already been set by the society in which they live in. In A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, Nora refused to continue being composed by the society around her. In A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, Nora rebelled against the societal norms through her words and actions which further question the ideals of all other women. When this play was produced it caused much mayhem as women during this time period did not have the voice to stand up to society and take action like Nora does. This play shows that not all women wanted to be the stereotypical woman in the time period it was written as Nora is meant to be a representation of all women in Norway.