The Doll's House : Kezia and the Kelvys
In The Doll's House the characterization of Kezia is a major factor and essential to the plot. Kezia, the youngest of the Burnell children, is the only one who challenges the system of values that governs the adult world. By breaking that taboo with courage and kindness, Kezia crosses the barriers of the entrenched ways of thinking.
The story begins with the delivery of the doll's house to the Burnell house. The doll's house is the symbol that represents the emerging conflict between the world of adults and that of the children. The adults and the children see the doll's house from their own unique perspectives. From Aunt Beryl’s point of view the doll’s house is too big and the smell of paint is quite enough to make anyone seriously ill. Hence the doll's house stayed in the yard. From the children perspective, the doll's house is fascinating and the smell of paint is part of the joy and newness. It is a "perfect little house" and "Who could possible mind the smell?"
When the doll’s house is revealed with great fascination before the children's eyes they say, "That's the way for a house to open". The openness of the house is the symbol of the unique and transparent way the children see the world; a world that is honest and free of the restrictions that have no reason or justification in their innocent lives. In the doll's house nothing is hidden. How much more exciting if the children didn't have to peer through the door into the adult's world and find it full of secrets and hypocrisies. The illicit affair of Aunt Beryl is such a disclosure of that complex world. The children's world is pure, even though this purity is affected in practice by the system of values imposed by the adult's world.
As the two older Burnell children admire the ornamented doll's house, Kezia, the youngest, is drawn to the lamp. This is "what she liked more than anything, what she liked frightfully". Kezia connects with this symbol of...