Paradise Lost, the poem that is considered to be one of the greatest literary works in English language, deals with Adam and Eve, their temptation by Satan, and their banishment from the Garden of Eden.
The women in these texts demonstrate that independence and knowledge is a source of power and happiness, but where Nora is able to receive what appears to be a happy ending, Eve is put back in her place and ladled with the consequences of the fall.
Within himself The danger lies, yet lies within his power; Against his will he can receive no harm.
For he who tempts, though in vain, at least asperses The tempted with dishonour foul, supposed Not incorruptible of faith, not proof Against temptation. But his forbidding Commends thee more, while it infers the good By thee communicated, and our want; For good unknown sure is not bad, or, had And yet unknown, is as not had at all.
These are, as critics have remarked, very seductive for the reader; but they are not, as on a stage they would be, shared moments. The Other Guyright? These past, if any pass, the void profound Of unessential Night receives him next Wide gaping, and with utter loss of being [ ] Threatens him, plung'd in that abortive gulf.
Perhaps by having Nora leave, Ibsen was trying to say that placing too much importance on being the stereotypical masculine figure and neglecting female rights would only lead to unhappiness. But they Dreaded not more th' adventure then his voice Forbidding; and at once with him they rose; [ ] Thir rising all at once was as the sound Of Thunder heard remote.
Then of thir Session ended they bid cry With Trumpets regal sound the great result: [ ] Toward the four winds four speedy Cherubim Put to thir mouths the sounding Alchymie By Haralds voice explain'd: the hollow Abyss Heard farr and wide, and all the host of Hell With deafning shout, return'd them loud acclaim.
Thus roving on In confus'd march forlorn, th' adventrous Bands [ ] With shuddring horror pale, and eyes agast View'd first thir lamentable lot, and found No rest : through many a dark and drearie Vaile They pass'd, and many a Region dolorous, O'er many a Frozen, many a fierie Alpe, [ ] Rocks, Caves, Lakes, Fens, Bogs, Dens, and shades of death, A Universe of death, which God by curse Where all life dies, death lives, and Nature breeds, Perverse, all monstrous, all prodigious things, [ ] Abominable, inutterable, and worse.