A Doll House By Henrik Ibsen Essay

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In Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House, humanism is shown through every single word and every single detail. A Doll House centers on humanism, because it demonstrates the search for identity, living up to societal standards, and believing that men and women are equal. A Doll House is bursting with symbolism through imagery and irony, which represent the oppression and polemic view of the individual from society.
These symbols not only successfully illustrate the transformation of each character, but the oppression and tension that society has consigned them to. In Ibsen’s A Doll House the play starts out with deep-seated symbolism in the imagery of Christmas time. The Christmas tree symbolizes Nora’s position in her home as a plaything who adds ornamentation and who is gratifying to look at. There are several similarities between Nora and the Christmas tree in the play. The first similarity can be drawn in Act I of the play where Nora instructs the maid to “Hide the tree well, Helene. The children mustn’t get a glimpse of it till this evening, after it’s trimmed” (Ibsen 1251); In this illustration both Nora and the Christmas tree are being concealed. Neither can be revealed until they are copiously prepared and decorated. The ‘tree’ is being concealed by Nora, while Nora is being concealed by the façade she puts on for Torvald. The imagery of the ‘tree’ is Nora’s shadow. When Nora is distressed and jumbled at the beginning of Act II, she is emulating the ‘tree’, “the Christmas…

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