What Is The Christmas Tree Symbolize In A Doll's House

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Daisy
Drama101
Kreilkamp
10/14/15

In the play, A Doll’s House, there were many uses of imagery and symbols. The symbols that I chose to write about are the use of the Christmas tree, Nora’s tarantella dance, Nora’s costumes, and the macaroons. Each symbol helps move along the story of Nora and Torvald’s relationship and how Nora is treated inside of her home. Her emotions change throughout the play and the symbols help show how she feels.
The Christmas tree represents happiness and joy. It’s hard to not be optimistic around Christmas time. In the beginning of the play, the Christmas tree is related to Nora because she is excited for Christmas. The Christmas tree also is just a decoration which is what Nora is considered to Torvald. Nora is just a decorative toy to him. Nora’s first line is “Hide the Christmas Tree carefully, Helen. Be sure the children do not see it till this evening, when it is dressed.” In the second act Nora tells her husband cannot see her until she has on her dress until the dance. She said “Yes, nobody is to have the chance of admiring me in my dress until to-morrow.” At the beginning of the second act the Christmas tree has changed its appearance just as Nora has changed her mental state. The tree is also stripped and
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The Christmas tree represents how Nora’s optimism turned into the end of her innocence. The tarantella dance symbolizes Nora’s passionate side that she wasn’t allowed to show in her house. Nora’s costumes represent her excitement for life and later shows how she feels on unrepairable her relationship with Torvald is. The macaroons symbolize Nora’s dishonesty and the passions she has to hide in her marriage. I really enjoyed the use of symbolism in the play and I normally wouldn’t think much of something behind a macaroon but they played a big role in Nora’s story. It goes to show that the little things in life can have the biggest impact on

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