A Doll's House Symbols

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The Doll's House's Symbolism

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ABSTRACT:
In the play “A Doll’s house” by Henrik Ibsen, symbolism is used to help define the main character of the play Nora. Ibsen actually sets the stage by using the title symbolizing Nora life.
Ibsen goes on to use other symbolizes in the play like the Christmas tree and the Tarantella dance. The Doll's House's

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A Doll's House's Symbolism
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen was written in the late 1800’s and uses symbolism to get the writer’s ideas and descriptions across to the reader in greater detail. We will examine four of the writer’s uses of symbolism. The first is actually the title of the play and sets the stage for everything that transpires in the play. The second symbol is Christmas tree that is brought into the first scene by Nora. The third use of symbolism that Ibsen uses is the macaroons that are only introduced in the first scene. Finally, the Tarantella can be interpreted as one of the most symbolic parts of the whole play.
The title of Henrik Ibsen’s play, “A Doll’s House,” is symbolic in itself. The doll in the play would be Nora. Nora is in a mindless role of a plaything that first belongs to her father and then to Torvald. Nora plays her part in the life but secretly wants more and is constantly reminded of how little control over her own life she has. An example of this is that after 8 years of marriage and three children, Torvald Helmer wags his finger at Nora and asks “Hasn’t Miss
Sweet-Tooth been breaking the rules in town today ?” (Ibsen, 1897, p.)_Torvald speaks to Nora as a parent would speak to child in a condescending tone throughout the play. In public Nora is a doll and a plaything that is discounted for not having an original thought. If one considers the fact that she
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