Linking Rossetti and A Doll's House

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Linking Rossetti and A Doll's House
  1. Religion
    1. Shut Out
      1. A Birthday
        1. Soeur Louise
          1. Up-Hill
            1. Good Friday
              1. Goblin Market
                1. Twice
                  1. Religion offers comfort and redemption for Rossetti. As an unmarried woman, God's love is unquestioning and redemptive. Ibsen offers no such comfort; 'the miracle' will never occur as long as society remains unchanged.
                  2. Love
                    1. When I am dead, my dearest
                      1. Remember
                        1. Echo
                          1. Maude Clare
                            1. Up-Hill
                              1. Good Friday
                                1. Goblin Market
                                  1. Twice
                                    1. The disappointments of earthly love are tempered, for Rossetti, by the promise of God's love. Ibsen offers no religious salvation; a man's love is shown to be self serving and controlling.
                                    2. Sacrifice
                                      1. In the Round Tower
                                        1. Rossetti writes: 'I wish I could bear the pang for both' which is a stark contrast to Torvald's response: 'Do you understand now what it is you have done for me?'
                                        2. Maude Clare
                                          1. Unlike Nell, Nora realises that women sacrifice their true identity for the sake of love and devotion 'But no man would sacrifice his honour for the one he loves.' 'It is a thing hundreds of thousands of women have done.'
                                          2. Good Friday
                                            1. Whilst Rossetti is redeemed by Christ's sacrifice, Nora is alone. Ibsen's view could be considered iconoclastic as it denies any religious salvation.
                                            2. Goblin Market
                                              1. Lizzie is prepared to sacrifice herself to save her sister. There are clear parallels with Christ.
                                              2. Nora expects Torvald to sacrifice himself for her. She waits for 'the miracle' which does not happen. Both men and women would have to sacrifice something in order to achieve equality.
                                              3. Death
                                                1. When I am dead, my dearest
                                                  1. Remember
                                                    1. Rossetti's desire to be forgotten rather than to cause sadness, links to Rank's attitude towards his death.
                                                    2. Echo
                                                      1. In the Round Tower
                                                        1. Rossetti's thoughts often turn to death when contemplating love; in her eyes, death allows the move from earth to heaven. Nora rejects death as a possible escape as, unlike for Rossetti, it is a hopeless vision.
                                                        2. Memory
                                                          1. When I am dead, my dearest
                                                            1. Remember
                                                              1. Echo
                                                                1. Rossetti's presents life after death as a reason for not mourning and remembering. However, Nora wishes to be forgotten in order to escape the ties of Torvald's control.
                                                                2. Roles of Women
                                                                  1. From the Antique
                                                                    1. Rossetti is here, like Nora, weary with the pre-set existence of being a woman. Both women contemplate the idea that it would be better to be nothing than to be a woman.
                                                                    2. Soeur Louise
                                                                      1. Both the narrative voice and Nora are aware of a negative change between past and present as a result of the expectations placed upon women.
                                                                      2. Maude Clare
                                                                        1. Maude is the sinner and Nell is the saint. Arguably, Nora is both concurrently.
                                                                        2. No, Thank You, John
                                                                          1. Nora, like the narrative voice of the poem, rejects the male, ultimately adopting a cold and direct tone.
                                                                          2. Goblin Market
                                                                            1. Unlike Laura, Nora has no 'Lizzie' to save and redeem her.
                                                                            2. Winter: My Secret
                                                                              1. The persona here is flirtatious, as is Nora's character at the opening of the play.
                                                                              2. Both Rossetti and Ibsen present women who do not conform to contemporary social expectations. They are seen both as products of their surroundings and as independent and strong.
                                                                              3. Desire
                                                                                1. Soeur Louise
                                                                                  1. Shut Out
                                                                                    1. Maud Clare
                                                                                      1. Goblin Market
                                                                                        1. Rossetti's desires are torn between the love of God and the love of man. Nora comes to realise that she desires to be herself and that this is impossible unless she leaves her restricted role of the 'squanderbird'.
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