Presentation on theme: "What did you find about the roles, expectations, portrayals, economic status, and/or literary representations of women in the Victorian Age?"— Presentation transcript:
What did you find about the roles, expectations, portrayals, economic status, and/or literary representations of women in the Victorian Age?
Gender and the Victorian Era Female power Female powerlessness Objects of desire The Ideal woman
Isolated childhood Father lost his business Family moved into dilapidated farmhouse Rumored to be illegitimate Later fathered an illegitimate son Actually revered marriage even though plays suggest otherwise
Torvald Helmer. Nora, his wife. Doctor Rank. Mrs. Linde. Nils Krogstad. Helmer's three young children. Anne, their nurse. A Housemaid. A Porter.
Explain this quote… ….[the] socialization of women into servicing creatures is the major accusation in Nora's painful account to Torvald of how first her father, and then he, used her for their amusement... how she had no right to think for herself, only the duty to accept their opinions. Excluded from meaning anything, Nora has never been subject, only object. (Templeton 142).
The Social Context Nice Home Good job for Torvald Celebrating Christmas with plentiful gifts All of these come at a cost…. Narrow, unpleasant adherence to rules of proper conduct Without money, don’t fit in (Linde and Krogstad) and are outside the society circle Painful, isolated – will do most anything to get back in
Torvald A professional man on his way up Intelligent HOWEVER, intelligence is limited by the social boundaries Opinions of others revolve around how they will affect his social standing
Nora How is she described? What are her actions? What are the motivations for her actions? How do others respond to her? What conflicts does she face? Which major theme(s) applies to her?