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A Doll House By Henrik Ibsen

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A Doll House
The play A Doll House written by Henrik Ibsen has strong symbolisms such as the doll house, Christmas tree, macaroons, and New Year’s day that help outline the theme. The author uses symbolisms to pull his audience in and allow them to feel the full effect of inequality and emotional abuse men gave women in the year of 1879, when Ibsen wrote this play.
The first symbolism in this play is the Christmas tree which represents Nora’s inner state of mind. In Act 2 the stage directions describe the Christmas tree and how it “now stands stripped of ornament, burned-down candle stubs on its ragged branches.” (Ibsen 1266). Ibsen goes on to tell the audience that Nora is “, alone in the room, moves restlessly about,” (1266). Here the Christmas tree symbolizes Nora’s disordered mind.
The Christmas tree also characterizes Nora’s web of lies hidden from her husband. She decorates her life with candy, clothes, toys, and money to make herself feel better, filling the emptiness inside her. This also shows when she wants the Christmas tree to be perfect and not allowing her children to see it until it is decorated. All of these materialistic things Nora uses to decorate her life begins to fall away when the truth comes out. This also leads to Nora’s role in the home setting. Just as she was her father’s doll-child, she is also her husband’s doll, his possession. She is mere decoration, someone to sit there, look pretty, and do as her husband says. Nothing but a status symbol
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