Symbolic Allusions of Names Analytical Essay

Symbolic Allusions of Names
An analysis of the literary work "A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen, focusing on the symbolism of the names used.
# 9542 | 980 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 31, 2003 in Drama and Theater (World) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House" and shows it to be an excellent portrayal of interesting techniques in narrative writing. The paper focuses on the author's use of names to depict the qualities of each character. The paper concludes by explaining that there are several clues in the play which allow the reader to decide the real ending of the play.

From the Paper:

""Torvald" sounds as though it is a combination of the Norse god "Tor" and the Viking afterlife "Valhalla" --- here you see the refrain, the sound of the word "hell", which is present in his last name, "Helmer" which seems to be a combination of "hell" and "hammer". Nora is in hell but lives in a fantasy of paradise just as the Viking Valhalla is actually hell that is made into a heaven by any inhabitant's own imagination. You can see this in the fact that both Nora and Helmer are not very honest with each other. While it is true and clear that Helmer never discusses the daily issues and important matters of their lives, neither does Nora. Did Nora discuss with Torvald the need for them to live in Italy for a year (1082)? Did she sit with her husband and discuss issues concerning money to make such a trip feasible(1082)? Did she honestly inform where the money came from? Did Nora ever tell the truth that she had "borrowed" the money from Krogstad, how she was repaying the "the loan" and what she did to secure the loan (1091)? The answer to all these questions is of course no! These facts alone show how childish she was."

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