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Many authors have been recognized for their contributions to the feminist movement. Out of these many authors, Kate Chopin and Henrik Ibsen have been seen as major contributors because of their respective works, The Awakening and A Doll’s House. Even though Chopin and Ibsen fought against their alleged relations with the feminist movement, there is reason to believe they were helping the movement progress. I think they were helping the advancement of the movement because they both write about the new woman. More specifically, I believe Chopin was inspired to write about the new woman in The Awakening through reading and/or watching Ibsen’s play, A Doll’s House. To support my topic I will present three subjects: First, I will provide background information on Chopin and Ibsen. Second, I will discuss Ibsen’s influence on Chopin. Third, I will compare the protagonist from Chopin’s The Awakening with the protagonist from Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. In using these topics, I hope to show that Chopin was ultimately inspired by Ibsen’s works, and to show that both authors were inspired by the feminist movement.


American Literature II