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A Doll's House, written by Henrik Ibsen in a Victorian age, has many symbols within each act. A symbol is an object or act representing something in the unconscious mind that has been repressed, and are found in many scenes within A Doll's House. During this Victorian era, such symbols foreshadowed were unheard of, yet, might seem harmless to the reader of today's society. The first very obvious symbol, and always recurring throughout the play, is Torvald's nick-names for his wife, Nora. Torvald continues to call Nora a number of different names, all diminutive in nature. However, it is interesting that they are consistently animals and innocent in nature. ...read more.


He wears this before he becomes aware of Nora's secrets, and while wearing it, he lashes out. Once taken off, Torvald is as if he is a totally different person. The domino symbolizes the marriage, too. It questions, "Are Nora and Torvald happy, or is this all a disguise?" (II) Also in Act II, Nora dances the tarantella. A tarantella is a up-beat folk dance from southern Italy. In its constant fluctuation, it is like Nora's character. In this Act, it serves as Nora's last chance to be Torvald's doll, to dance and amuse him. The reason for the fast movements, originally, was to get rid of the bite of the poisonous tarantula. ...read more.


(II) One of the last symbols is the Christmas tree. Initially the tree was perfect, filled with gifts and cheer (showing how well the marriage was in the beginning of the play), but as time went on, the candles burnt down, gifts were removed, and the tree was bare (showing the marriage falling apart). Christmas was over and so was the marriage. A symbol is something that stands for or suggests something else by reason of relationship, association, convention, or accidental resemblance. Throughout the many present in A Doll's House, written by Henrik Ibsen, the reader can see the actual message intended by the author to convey the difference between Nora and her husband, Torvald. ...read more.

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