"A Doll's House" Analytical Essay by JPWrite

"A Doll's House"
Examines how Henrik Ibsen uses symbolism in his famous play.
# 66388 | 1,252 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Jun 10, 2006 in English (Analysis) , Literature (European (other)) , Drama and Theater (General)

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Colors, characters, actions, figures or objects can all symbolize abstract ideas or concepts and Henrik Ibsen habitually used them in his writing. The paper examines how Ibsen used symbolism in his play, "The Doll's House," especially when dealing with relationships and the role of women in society.

From the Paper:

"Ibsen uses a slamming door to symbolize transitions or endings. At one point Nora hears a slamming door as Krogstad leaves his blackmail letter in the locked mailbox for Torvald. His letter of revelatory truth will transform the Helmer's marriage and Nora's life. At the very end of the play Torvald, having now been told by Nora that she is leaving, is listening to her. He hears her footsteps and thinks that she is not leaving him, that all will remain the same. Instead, he hears a door slam and it is clear that the marriage is over and Nora is gone forever. She has closed this chapter of her life."

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