When The Doll House was written in 1879, the world was still completely in the clutches of many horrific gender stereotypes. Women in particular were confined to very narrow roles, and were thought to be incapable of anything outside the scope of those roles.
The Helmer household was founded upon these stereotypes, and as we eventually see, could not stand without them.
Women were raised to believe that their place was in the home. Their primary
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