She makes little noise, but just enough for her husband, Torvald, to here that she is home. He calls to her “Is that my little squirrel fussing about in there?” (Ibsen 333). She asks Torvald to come out of his study to see what she bought. As soon as she says that he immediately goes to see. They exchange few words about spending money and Nora tells him that if they run out they can borrow some.
The title this play, “A Doll’s House”, foreshadows the play’s protagonist, Nora Helmer, and her role in the household. The title of the play suggests that Nora is a doll in her own home. In the beginning of the play, the reader is introduced to the Helmer household on Christmas eve; Nora purchases a Christmas tree to be used as the main ornament in the house and brings it in to be decorated. Shortly after, Torvald, her husband, approaches her by referring to her as his “little lark”(12) and his “little squirrel”(12). Shortly after, Torvald criticizes Nora for eating a macaroon: “Not nibbling sweets?..Not even taken a bite at a macaroon or two?”(14).
The Christmas tree in itself is symbolic and it means the play takes place during Christmastime. Ibsen uses Christmas tree to mainly construct the character of Nora. The Christmas tree symbolizes the feelings of Nora. At the start of the play, Nora enters the room carelessly and her mood is festive. The Christmas tree, a festive object used for decorative purposes, represents the function of Nora in her household who is pleasing to look and who adds the charm to their home.
Ballet is an art form born out of the expressionism and creativity of the Renaissance period (Kraus 63). From the first ballet performed in 1580 to the present, women have been portrayed as fragile and dependent on men. One such ballet is The Nutcracker in which the girl-heroine Clara relies on the Nutcracker to save her from the evil Mouse King. The first production of The Nutcracker was performed for critics, public figures, and members of high society and received lack luster reviews on December 17, 1892 (Anderson 40-52). The story opens in the parlor of a middle-class German family, the Stahlbaums, during a party on Christmas Eve.
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.
Equality The play “ A Dolls House” written by Henrik Ibsen is a play centered on Nora the main character and her husband Torvald Helmer. The play was published on December 4, 1879 back when times were different then they were today. Ibsen was well known as “ the father of modern drama” and his play was directed towards the position of women in society. The play “A Dolls House” shows that when a man does not show his wife her equality it can become a big loss for himself. The play begins on Christmas Eve, Nora arrives at her house and her husband Torvald Helmer hears her walking in the house saying is that my “little squirrel”(I.6).
Works Cited: Ibsen, Henrik. "A Doll's House." Literature: The Human Experience. 8th ed. Ed.
In Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” Nora’s characterization and ultimate decision to leave can be seen as a struggle against the combination of Torvald and Society’s pressure to conform. In his novel “A Doll’s House,” Ibsen explores a marriage in which love and happiness has clearly been confused. In the play, a seemingly amorous husband calls out to his wife with countless pet names, “Is that my little lark twittering out there? [he asks,] is that my little squirrel bustling about?” (Act 1 Scene 1). It appears to be a happy m... ... middle of paper ... ...y the social convention, gives Nora the strength to abandon her’s.
I will use examples from the play, symbolism, and character analysis to demonstrate this idea. The first example of lying is when Nora comes back from being out and shopping for Christmas gifts. She has macaroons in her pockets, and has eaten a couple already. There is