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A Doll's House Use of Language

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A Doll's House Use of Language 'A Doll's House' was originally written in Norwegian and then translated into English for English speaking audiences. Ibsen uses a colloquial language style throughout the play to emphasise the theme of realism that he is trying to covey and to set the middle-class society in which Nora lives in. The language that Nora uses changes constantly throughout the play, depending on who she is talking to. When speaking to Helmer, her husband, she adopts a very childish manner and tone. In the first act Nora employs a lot of question and exclamation marks to show her subservience to Helmer, and uses her childlike manner to give Helmer a sense of power and dominance, in order to gain what she wants. ...read more.


Helmer's language throughout the play hardly changes. Nora is called a number of names by Helmer that are all diminutive. He uses a lot of animal imagery in the names he calls Nora and all are small and weak in nature. These include, "Little Songbird" "Squirrel" "Little Person and "Squanderbird". Helmer consistently uses the word 'little' before the names he calls Nora, which are usually preceded by the word 'my' showing that by no means does he consider Nora as an equal, but often predictable and a captivating exotic pet or animal that he owns, and was specifically made for him. The other characters use different speech patterns. The language that Mrs. ...read more.


His statements are long and always avoid showing his emotions or feelings. His language is full of metaphors which achieve this "I've been going through the books of this poor body of mine, and I find I am bankrupt." Even when Dr. Rank is going to inform the Helmers of when he is going to die, he doesn't use language or dialogue. Instead, he states that he going to send them a black-marked visiting card. This is why the use of language in 'A Doll's house' is integral to the plot. Little physical action at important moments takes place within the play and Ibsen uses language to progress the plot, through the dialogue between the main characters and the monologues that Nora has, in which she tells the audience what is happening around her and what she is planning to do. ...read more.

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