A Doll House Title Analysis

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A Doll’s House, the title belonging to one of the most well known plays in the world of literature. As the name suggests, this famous play written by Henrik Ibsen in 1879 discusses the dilemmas of a seemingly perfect 19th century family. The title serves as a significant symbol and proposal of the message that Ibsen intended to convey through the play. The title highlights two important aspects of the play, a doll and a house. The doll and house symbolize the main character Nora Helmer, and the house in which she lives in with her husband, Torvald Helmer. It is clear that Ibsen named his play A Doll’s House because of the relationship between Nora and Torvald, the perfection of the house in which they live, and the constant manipulation that…show more content…
Throughout the play, the relationships between all of it’s characters can either be seen as manipulative, deceitful, or just downright fake. Nora uses Torvald for money while keeping little secrets from him like eating macaroons behind his back, Torvald uses Nora for entrainment pleasure, and Christine uses Nora to gain a job at Torvald’s bank which causes Krogstad to lose his job. This leads to the main conflict of the story, it revolves around Nora’s forgery of the loan document she gave to Krogstad. This is a crime in a legal and moral sense; legal being that Nora had committed forgery, and moral being that she kept it secret from Torvald. Because Krogstad lost his job, he threatens to expose Nora’s secret. This conflict causes a chain reaction of manipulation as Nora attempts to do everything in her power to prevent Krogstad from exposing her. Knowing about Krogstad’s history with Christine, Nora uses her to persuade Krogstad out of his decision. The cycle of lies, deceit, and manipulation is symbolic to that of a dollhouse because even though everything in the Helmer household and the relationships of the characters seemed to be perfect at the beginning of the play, it is all
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