A Doll's House

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A Dolls House: 2. How does the imagery in the play aid the audience to appreciate the themes, the dramatic question(s), of the play? A Doll's House is a play written in 1879 by Henrik Ibsen depicting the story of a couple Nora and Torvald Helmer. The play specifically follows the journey of the character Nora's self-discovery and struggle against the oppression of her husband Torvald and the society that he represents. Ibsen uses non-verbal elements such as screen directions and setting descriptions to symbolize aspects of characters and their relationships to each other and the larger themes. The imagery of the stove and the furniture, the lighting and the doorway, the costume and the doll all aid the audience to appreciate the…show more content…
Rank confesses his love for Nora, light is used to draw attention to the action. “The MAID brings in the lamp, puts it on the table, and goes again” (195). The light is representing simultaneously an explosion of love and warmth released in Dr. Ranks confession and a moment of enlightenment and shock when Nora’s receives this unexpected news. On the flip side, light, when dimed or absent, can represent something menacing or threatening. For instance, when Krogstad enters the stage for the first time, he obstructs the entryway blocking the main light source and the only exit. Standing “in the doorway” Krogstad enters a complete cozy and secure household as a menacing outsider (163). The dearth of light shows a lack of understanding, while Krogstad may be menacing Nora comes to learn that his actions are justified by his true and genuine intentions for the well being of his children. Light symbolizes understanding. As the light begins to grow dark, Nora is seen to be sinking into new levels of manipulation though, as the light grows Nora is jolted out of this fantasy world and into reality. With this new light, Nora insists on questioning everything in search for her own understanding, not simply the one thrust upon her. All her life, Nora has been confined to a certain limited area; in the play we see this as the walls of her home. She is imprisoned in small square meters of her living room containing only two means of escape the door,

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