The basic idea of the Templeton criticism is whether or not Ibsen wrote A Doll House for the purpose of addressing the issue of feminism or to offer a view into any persons struggle during these times. The essay opens with a quote from Ibsen denying “working consciously for the women’s rights movement”. Templeton however, takes the view that feminism is essential to the play for if you “remove the “woman problem” from A Doll House … what is left of the play? The only honest response is nothing,”.
In my opinion, A Doll House intentionally or not does involve feminism. Yes, the play is designed to be a look into life, however feminism was an active issue in life at the time the play was being written. Thus, intentionally or not, by providing a look at life, Ibsen is providing a look at feminism and how it impacts any individuals life.
The Doll House Backlash: Feminism, Criticism and Ibsen