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Some of critics relate Higgins with sculptor Pygmalion, whose creation sculpture of Galatea came to life with his love, same happens with Higgins who raises a lower class flower girl to the status of a lady of upper strata of England with fine speech in order to prove his scientific theories of speech and social functions of language. He commands Eliza to perform like a doll or a robot. Pickering, friend of Higgins, is no different from Higgins in treating Eliza as a toy, though he is far more polite and considerate to her than is Higgins.

Patriarchy gave space to objectification of women to settle down in society despising class difference. The typical example is in Act 2 when Eliza visits Higgins to talk about her lessons of phonetics; Higgins' attitude to Eliza is very rude and abusive.

Linde, nanny etc. On the other hand, same image of women in presented by Shaw but setting and environment is different. When he is unable to do so they look for someone else.

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In both cases clearly see the dominancy of men over women to survive in the society. Torvald addresses Nora as silly women and little brainscattred.

On other hand, Professor Higgins treats Eliza poorly as something without sense and rational instinct. It relates a negative connotation with women as weak and brainless creatures. Nora and Eliza can be both examined in garb of ideal feminine figures in their position in terms of good girls or bad girls. Idealizing good women as beautiful figures with polite speech and submissive as fulfilling their duties towards family and society. Pearce house keeper to give a bath to Eliza and burn all her old cloths to change her appearance and he uses abusive and harsh words even threatens Eliza for physical torture to make her mind her own retaliating tones and protests.

This struggle to maintain her own identity is not appreciable according to Professor Higgins in social context of gender programming.

Remember that you are a human being with a soul and the divine gift of articulate speech: Nora is something pleasurable and objects of entertainment for Helmer. He fancies her presence while maintaining her attractive looks. For example he asks her to wear fancy dresses, to sing for him and dance for him. Traditional gender roles are always been a part of social and private domains of human life especially women have been chained in it.

Duessa is ide tified ith e il, dark a d 1 bad moral values while Una stands for truth, purity, chastity and faith.

As 20th century has been identified with change so we see it in both plays. She borrows money for her ill husband out of love and care. But that was the whole point, to do it without him finding out! But later we see that her brave act later becomes punishment for her as Torvald only cares for social status and reputation. She hides this truth from Torvald only because she never gets enough courage to speak in front from him.

It is again a symbol of patriarchal society where women are afraid to speak truth only to avoid the cruel consequences. Even he gets angry and calls Nora a criminal and uses harsh language against her. Eliza goes to Higgins only because she is ready to change her speech and appearance to get more money and change her status in the society. In both cases we see both women are somehow trying to get a stable position in the society with the help of money as society gives financial matters only in the hands of men.

So both of the women are symbol of change promoted in the 20th century. While Nora is our protagonist, there are other characters which we see in play quite contrastive roles in comparison to the Nora.

Linde is another strong character in the play, which represents the struggling group of women in the society. She is a widow, who have been doing job to take care of her mother and brothers. Her role is constructive, positive and space filling.

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We can put her to fill any gap where Nora is unable to perform her role. In other words she acts as foil to Nora but quiet opposite to the image created by Nora. Here she performs the role, in feminist term, feministic sisterhood. She glues the broken bond between Nora and Helmer by her reunion with Nils Krogstad.

On other hand if we see the character of Mrs.

We see Mrs. Shaw makes Mrs. Higgins more than simply a talking head. Higgins's place.

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Now you're a tower of strength: Now if we move to the third strata of society there we meet with another group of women who are deprived of everything which is here in our society.

Anne Marie was childhood nurse of Nora and eventually became the nanny of her children. Old nanny accepts the role which society has placed on her and she is contended with just two letters from her daughter for lifetime.

Here Anne Marie is the one minor character that we see deprived in every sense like economically, socially and morally.

She left everything including her daughter only because for her own survival in the society. In comparison to the Anne Marie we meet with Mrs. She is snobbish apparently but cares for Eliza and Henry. She is house keeper of Higgins house as motherly figure but she also takes care of Eliza. Although, Mrs.

Pearce does not legally adopt Eliza, she does continue to care for and comfort Eliza throughout the play. In the end of the both plays we come across the complete personality shifts in both female protagonists, Nora and Eliza. After all the happening and presence of Mrs. Linde gives space to Nora to make a decision and she decides to act rationally and to learn the methods to world.

She decides to leave Torvald and his house and goes on to be independent.

Do I have to tell you that? Isn't it your duty to your husband and children? I have another duty, just as sacred. You can't have. What duty do you mean?

My duty to myself. Helmer has always treated as a lifeless thing that is used for purpose of entertainment.

In the end when Eliza is grown up mentally and psychologically, she realizes her importance and capability so she demands for independence in act4.In he left Thoresen and their five-year-old son, Sigurd who grew up to become the Prime Minister of Norway, and moved to Sorrento, Italy. Pickering, friend of Higgins, is no different from Higgins in treating Eliza as a toy, though he is far more polite and considerate to her than is Higgins.

In a moment of intimate dialogue with the nurse, Nora asks: An interactive data visualization of A Doll's House's plot and themes.

Nora asks him if he can give Kristine a position at the bank and Torvald is very positive, saying that this is a fortunate moment, as a position has just become available.

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