Essay about Use of Symbols in Ibsen’s Play, A Doll’s House

Symbols are used universally to arouse interest and to stimulate the mind. Henrik Ibsen’s play, A Doll’s House, is filled with symbols that represent abstract ideas and concepts. These symbols successfully illustrate the inner conflicts that are going on between the characters. A few of the symbols are the Christmas tree, New year’s day, the title of the book and the nicknames Torvald called Nora emphasizes a theme of comparing perfect marriage relationship to the reality of the relationship, that is an artificial “Doll’s House” relationship.

The Christmas tree, a festive object meant to serve a decorative purpose, symbolizes Nora’s position in her household as a plaything who is pleasing to look at. Ibsen’s use of the Christmas tree is portrayed throughout the play. The Christmas tree symbolized Nora’s feelings. In the First act there is a festive tree with “pretty red flowers” and Nora comes in the house carelessly. Nora’s mood is festive and tree gives a merry glow to the reader. At the end of act 1, Nora has been threatened by krogstad that if she doesn’t help him keep the job, he will tell Torvald about the illegal loan. Torvald on the other hand believes that Krogstad “forged someone name” and will be fired. So in act II, the tree is striped of his ornaments. In the act the tree is dropping along with Nora’s Hope and Happiness. The tree helps the reader fell the anxiety of Nora’s feelings. A Christmas tree itself is a symbol for joy so that is why it is used. Through all times and even in the bible trees and flowers have been a subject of wonderment; a symbol of life, that is why Ibsen uses this as a symbol of Nora’s feelings.

The play “ A Doll’s House” has a very symbolic title. The title relates right in with the the…

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…nt period in both their lives and their personalities. Nora left her husband and kids behind to start a new life on her own.

Symbols are objects, characters, figures, or colors used to represent abstract ideas or concepts. Symbolism is your prospective of looking at an object or event. In the play “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Johan Ibsen there are objects and events that symbolizes people’s lives. We don’t see symbols in life; we only see them in novels and plays. In the play there are a lot of objects and events that symbolizes more than what they are. Like the Christmas tree is used for decorative purposes in real life, but in this play it can be compared to Nora Helmers feeling. Other symbols include of “The New Year”, “the title of the play” and “Nicknames” Torvald calls Nora. Although we don’t think about simple things, they might have a deeper meaning to it.

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