A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen Essay

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During the age of Victorian Society, social norms forced men and women to conform to strict rules. In 1800’s Europe, men were expected to be the breadwinners, and be masculine in appearance and personality, while women were to be homemakers, keep an air of femininity and never question her husband. In Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, symbolism is used to portray gender roles placed on men and women by Victorian Society. Significant symbols used within the book include the lamp Nora brings out, the deal struck between Nora and Krogstad, and Torvald’s interest in embroidery. Dr.Rank and Nora are close friends, and Dr.Rank visits her and Torvald’s Home nearly every day. When Dr.Rank and Nora are left alone, the two begin to flirt, despite Nora being married. Nora initiates by attempting to Show Dr.Rank her new stockings (Which would be considered taboo by Victorian society). Dr.Rank resists initially, but Nora persists, and attempts to show Dr.Rank her legs, which would be considered extremely sexual in 1800’s Europe. The room is not lit and Nora states in her flirting that “it’s so dark in here now, but tomorrow...only look at the feet. Oh well, you may have leave to look at the legs too” (38). Light is often used as symbol for truth, as well as purity or chastity. The light in the room is literally dimmed, which both literally as well as figuratively hides the impure acts being committed by Nora, acts that would be considered immoral for a woman to proceed with in…

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