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A Doll's House

A Doll's House

  

by Henrik Ibsen

A Doll's House Women and Femininity Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Act.Line) Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.

Quote #7

MRS. LINDE: "Nils, a woman who has once sold herself for another's sake, doesn't do it a second time." (3.72)

Christine is unwilling to sell herself a second time. Did Nora sell herself in a way when she married Torvald?

Quote #8

MRS. LINDE: "What a difference! Someone to work for and live for—a home to bring comfort into." (3.84)

A Doll's House is often discussed as play that shows the imprisonment of housewives, but Christine is an example of a woman who willingly and joyfully assumes the role.

Quote #9

HELMER: "I shall not allow you to bring up the children; I dare not trust them to you." (3.242)

Torvald is stripping his wife of her most cherished feminine role: motherhood.

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