The Theme of Death in Othello and a Doll House

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The theme of death is present in many works of literature. It is given metaphors and cloaked with different meanings, yet it always represents an end. Every end signifies a new beginning, and every death gives rise to a new birth. Physical death "...is mere transformation, not destruction," writes Ding Ming-Dao. "What dies is merely the identity, the identification of a collection of parts that we called a person. What dies is only our human meaning" (49). Figuratively speaking, death symbolizes a change, an interruption or cessation of regular routine. In this sense, death can be viewed as a more positive occurrence, because change leads to new experience, which, in turn, leads to knowledge and a better understanding of life. The plays…show more content…
Othello's death concluded the play, clearing up every lie that Iago had woven. The theme of death in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House is shaped between the lines, and is symbolized through the stages Nora goes through. The play portrays Nora's awakening to life's lies, and her quest for freedom through individual integrity. She had always been under her husband's wing and, only seeing what meets the eye, Nora felt happy and secure. When a conflict threatens to disrupt the regular routine in her household, she anxiously awaits for her husband to rescue her. However, she learns that everything she had perceived as truth is nothing but a misconception. Nora fears change, as she thinks it is a threat to her well-being. As a result, she goes along with all of Torvald's decisions, without asking any questions or posing any kind of doubts. Her life never went through any major changes. She was a doll in her father's house, now she is a doll in her own house. She adjusts herself to Torvald to keep the balance in the house. When the conflict with Krogstad threatens her, she tries to do everything in her power to make things go back to the usual. She doesn't tell Torvald her real thoughts, doesn't show her worries through action, but merely hides everything inside of her. However, when the moment of clarity shows her what she had shut her eyes against, she realizes that she doesn't need to hide her feelings any further. She learns that she had not

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