• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Symbolism of the Christmas Tree in Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House".

Extracts from this document...


Symbolism of the Christmas Tree in Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House" The Christmas Tree The Christmas tree is minor object/props of the play; it does not have any direct link to the plot of the play. However, the presence of the Christmas tree within the play is used by Ibsen as an instrument to symbolically express an intense personal experience, which cannot be expressed directly. The Christmas tree itself is a decorative object that is linked to the traditional idea of Christmas. Its characteristic is parallel to Nora's, whom is seen in the household as the (according to the traditional idea of) ...read more.


Also as Nora instructs the maid to put the tree "in the middle of the room," she deliberately use the Christmas tree as the centre of attention for the guests. Similarly, she is the center of attention as she dances the tarantella. The progress of the Christmas tree throughout the play is parallel to that of Nora's personal journey. In the first act, we get the impression of the Christmas tree being the beautiful, centre of the attention of the house, as Nora decorate them excitedly. However, in the stage direction of the second act-after Nora has been confronted by Krogstad, and later her husband (for being "lying mothers")-the Christmas tree "is stripped and disheveled." ...read more.


The role of the Christmas tree within the play may also have suggested the ideals of happiness. Christmas trees have always been associated with the traditional celebration of Christmas, and (despite being a deviation from the religious meaning of Christmas,) it is often unseparated from the idea of Christmas. In the same way, the society enforces the idea that a family life is always associated with happiness and warmth. The fact that in the beginning of the play, the Christmas tree was bought and brought from the outside, can also imply that the happiness of Nora's family is not a value that is grown/exist within, but rather, a mere fa´┐Żade (that is applied to 'decorate' the house). ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Christmas section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Christmas essays

  1. The Christmas That Stopped the War

    So we began to retrieve bodies and bury them...both German and British. One German officer even held a service over one of the graves. I remember, I slept later than usual on Christmas morning because there was no firing. When I met up with everyone, I met a university from Leipzig.

  2. Examine how different writers present the theme of Christmas

    The poem "Ballad of the Bread Man" is a partially modernised version of the Christmas story. Examples of the modernisation are "bullet proof limousine", "television news" and "with rifle and bomb and gun". The effect of this is that it simplifies the story and makes it accessible, interesting and exciting to a modern audience.

  1. The Story of Christmas and the Christ Child

    Popular beverages served especially at Christmas time include eggnog in the United States. Many people in Sweden drink glogg, a hot punch made with spices, sweet liquors, raisins, and nuts. Favourite Christmas desserts in many countries include fruitcake, mince pie, and pumpkin pie.

  2. I am going to write about three different poems, which have a different view ...

    "Now do you want any loaves?" Jesus offers the people his love even when he is dead. The ignorance is shown when they reply "Not today." I think the poet wanted people reading the poem to know that Jesus' love was ignored and he was punished greatly for spreading his love-"charged with bringing the living to life."

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work