The play opens up with the Christmas tree being symbolic. The tree symbolizes Nora’s position in the Helmer household. The tree can also symbolize Nora’s personality. In the play the Christmas tree is a materialistic object used only for decoration, nice to look at, and adds attractiveness to the home, just like Nora. The first line of the play Nora told the maid, Helen, to “hide the Christmas Tree carefully” because she did not want the children to see it until “it is dressed” (Ibsen 1350). Nora tells her husband, Torvald that “nobody is to have the chance of admiring me in my dress until to-morrow” the night of the costume party where they will dance the Tarantella. In both of the lines one ca...
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...ponsibility for her crime” each characters idea of the New Year was changed (Jacobs). The New Year symbolizes renewal, the new life and new choices that each character took.
Henrik Ibsen “A Doll House” is a play that is powerful due to the writer’s use of literary elements. The true meaning of each character is show in the symbolic setting that Ibsen created. In Austin E. Quigley evocative article “A Doll’s House Revisited”, “he maintains that despite the diversity of symbols in Ibsen’s play, all such symbols work collectively to constitute a coherent and extensive “image network… a series of verbal and visual motifs that function not just as supporting elements but as contributing components” (587) to the drama” (Drake). The Christmas tree, the Tarantella, and the New Year are symbols that reveal the life of the characters and show their hidden concealed lives.
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