The use of animal imagery in the play a dolls house by henrik ibsen

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The use of animal imagery in the play a dolls house by henrik ibsen

The symbol imparts the hidden meanings other than the apparent ones and also shows the emotional effects on the characters. Though A Doll's House is not only realistic, but a naturalistic drama, Ibsen has made extensive use of symbolism in its setting, the use of imagery, and even in actions.

The luxurious and harmonious looking scene at the beginning and the gradual degradation of that spick and span room of Nora is a -symbolic setting.

Henrik Ibsen The images of macaroons, stove, Christmas tree, lighted lamp, black shawl, clothes, visiting cards, and most importantly the door is among the most symbolic images in the play.

Actions like Nora's dance and her hide and seek with the children are also symbolic in meaning. The image of the Christmas tree symbolizes life, and the images of stove, fire, candles also symbolize warmth and comfort. If the beginning of the play is full of such images of life, love, luxury and harmony, the second and third acts bring in a number of images that have negative meanings, Towards the end of the play; we see the images of Nora's black shawl, Dr.

Rank's visiting cards with black crosses on them, and the open door and the darkness outside which we can easily imagine as Nora leaves the room.

The use of animal imagery in the play a dolls house by henrik ibsen

Nora wears a multi-colored shawl during her rehearsal of the tarantella dance, and that symbolizes exuberance of life and her multiple dreams and desires. But, when Nora does her last dance at the ball upstairs, she wears a black shawl which she consciously links with death when she talks to Dr.

The well-maintained room and the occasion of Christmas symbolize happiness and merriment as well as a harmonious married life of Nora. The fire in the room symbolizes warmth and life. The Christmas tree which Nora brings in is also symbolic of life and energy as well as a symbol of spiritual strength.

But the setting changes along with the change in Nora's mentality and life. By the beginning of the second act, the Christmas tree has been "stripped and dishelved", and its candles are also "burned to their sockets".

The broken and barren tree symbolizes the destruction of the life-force, the happiness and spirit of Nora's mind. The burning out of the candle also suggests a parallel decrease in the light and energy in the mind of Nora.

At the beginning of the third act, we see the table brought to the middle of the room: In English the idiom "The table was turned on someone" also means the reverting of situation: In the third act, the door of the hail hall is also open, and this also somehow symbolizes Nora's exit, in retrospect when we look back from the end.

Like the setting, the props in the scenes are also symbolically significant. The macaroons that Nora eats and Helmer prohibits her from eating stand for her innocence, childishness and happy-go-lucky nature or rather appearance. Nora's eating of macaroons justifies that she possesses a childish nature.

The use of animal imagery in the play a dolls house by henrik ibsen

The macaroon also stands for her revolt against Helmer's authority that he wishes her not to eat it. At the end of act II, Nora after being failure to convince Helmer for Krogstad's cause, asks her maid to put plenty ample, a lot, loads, sufficient of macaroons on the dinner plate.

Here the symbol Macaroons shows her disturbed mental state. The way Helmer prohibits "sweets" also suggests that he is treating her like a child: There are also symbolic actions in this play.

Nora's tarantella dance, which she performs in a mood of frenzy passionatelysymbolizes her dance of life-and-death. Indeed, she tells Helmer that her life depends on it.

This and such are the tricks that she has been performing in front of Helmer to please him and gain his love or rather fun.- Use of Imagery in A Doll's House Imagery symbolically guides the process of self-emancipation for Nora, the protagonist of A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen.

Objects like the macaroons, the lamp, the Christmas tree, and costumes represent the movement towards freedom of a . Animal imagery in Henrick Ibsen's play, A Doll's House is a critical part of the character development of Nora, the protagonist.

Ibsen uses creative, but effective, animal imagery to develop Nora's character throughout the play. Animal Imagery in A Doll s House In many pieces of literary work, there are elements that are used to help develop the audiences understanding of characters and events.

In the play A Doll s House * by Henrik Ibsen, animal imagery is used in the development of the main character, Nora. Symbolism in A Doll's House. by Henrik Ibsen Essays Words 7 Pages Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” a nineteenth century play successfully uses symbolism to express many characteristics of Helmer’s life, together with the way that the main character Nora feels towards her marriage at the end of the play.

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