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A Doll's House

A Doll's House

by Henrik Ibsen

Women and Femininity Quotes

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Quote #10

NORA: "What do you consider my most sacred duties?"
HELMER: "[…] your duties to your husband and your children."
NORA: "I have other duties just as sacred. […] Duties to myself." (3.310-3.314)

This idea was completely scandalous in Ibsen's time. The thought that a woman might have value other than homemaking and being a mother was outrageous.

Quote #11

HELMER: "No man would sacrifice his honour for the one he loves."
NORA: "It is a thing hundreds of thousands of women have done." (3.345 3.346)

What does Nora mean by this? Do all housewives sacrifice their honor?

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