Romanticism Vs Enlightenment

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Throughout history, many eras have come and gone, each with their own set of goals. Arguably, it is easy to say that they sometimes overlap into each others era’s with somewhat similar purposes. With that being said, I do believe that the eras known as Romanticism, Enlightenment, and Realism played hand and hand with each other. In the nineteenth century the era of Romanticism came about. During this era, individuals connected more through feeling and imagination. Specifically, through the arts many writers wrote with much exaggeration and “fairy tale” like beliefs. Between the late seventeenth century and the early eighteenth century the “Age of Enlightenment” arose. During this age, many Europeans began questioning their beliefs, social …show more content…
Not only were they subject to household duties and raising children, they were spoken to in a dehumanizing manner. In the play one of the main characters, Torvald (the husband of Nora), often referred to his wife as “my little lark” (Ibsen, 1066). A lark is actually a specific type of bird, one that is small and fragile. Not only did Torvald refer to her as a bird, he also considered her to be a squirrel, acknowledging her entrance by stating “When did the squirrel get home?” (Ibsen, 1066). Allowing Torvald to call her by anything less than who she was as a female, she unknowingly accepted her role as nothing more than his pet. Nora was actually only one of three female characters in the play whose character was belittled by a man or by societies expectations of a female role. Ibsen incorporated Christina, a friend of Nora’s, and Anna, the nurse, who’s characters played an important part in making light of the female’s place in society. In one scene, Nora is conversing with Anna about Anna’s decision to give up her child and live with Nora’s family as a nurse. Anna responded by stating “… A poor girl who’s been in trouble must take what comes. That wicked man did nothing for me.” (Ibsen, 1086). In this moment Anna’s mind set is an example of how woman thought so little of themselves. She felt she could accomplish nothing as a single mother with no help from a man. Christina also played her “dependent on a man” role when she left her boyfriend Krogstad for a man of a higher status, “… [I] could not wait for you… as your prospects then stood.” (Ibsen, 1102). As a woman, Christina chose status over love, proving how woman needed a man of money to survive. On another hand, after the death of her then husband, Christina found herself alone and broke, in search of a man to make her life feel of some type of importance in the world. Christina begged Krogstad “… give me somebody and