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

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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.

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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.

Conclusion

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.

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