Compare The Ways Ibssn Presents Nora In “A Doll’s House” With The Ways Hardy Presents Tess In “Tess Of The D’Urbervilles”
In the Victorian era many woman were thought of by men as mere objects. Women of that period had no genuine social status and were not allowed to express themselves freely. A Dolls House, a work by playwright Henrik Ibsen, had brought controversial issues to the Victorian public with the conclusion in which the protagonist Nora leaves her family. Many people had found it challenging to understand how Nora could leave both her husband and children. In the Victorian Age it was not only unheard of to walk out on your loved ones but dishonourable as well which raised debate among Nora being a heroine or just a protagonist.
There are many obstacles that helped Nora to come to conclusion that she must leave her home and family. As Nora states “My first duty is to myself”.
There are many differences but also similarities between the ways Henrik Ibsen and Thomas Hardy presented their leading characters, Nora and Tess in: “A Doll's House” and “Tess of the D'Urbervilles”. “A Doll's House” was written in the year 1879 and was branded a “well-made play” A play which usually has a build-up of suspense and a climactic scene in which all problems are resolved.
It was also translated and performed all across Europe however in comparison “Tess of the D'Urbervilles” was not translated into other languages at the time. This was because Ibsen's work was part of a progressive movement taking place in the world of Dramatics called The Realest Movement. The Drama text originally had a resolution but the translations changed the format of the text and left the audiences with a discussion. The first obvious difference between the texts is that, “A Doll's House” is Drama to be performed to an audience whilst, “Tess of the D'Urbervilles” is a Prose text to be...