Symbolic Meanings In A Doll’s House


A Doll’s House is the play written by Henrik Ibsen, a Norwegian playwright. In the play, the writer has used several symbols like the Christmas tree, New Year day, the Tarantella, the doll house and the macaroons to convey his expected meaning to the readers. Doll’s House is a play where a woman emancipates from the all the rights which a husband claim to have over his wife. The title of the play is very interesting as it is made from two words Doll + House which means a house where a woman lives with no mind.

Nora Helmer is the doll who is being played by her father in the childhood and later on by her husband (Torvald). Nora has been treated like an infant when she was kid and same when she grew up and married. Nora in the play is shown as an insane woman who is living her life on the terms laid by her husband and wasting her time in meaningless activities.

The symbols used in the play are described as below

The Christmas Tree

Christmas is an important festival in Norway. The play started with Christmas tree which plays a very significant role in the play. Nora wants her marriage to be happy and ordered a Christmas tree which she hid till it is decorated fully to shower happiness at home. Nora is having a hiding nature as she has borrowed some money from Krogstad to which she was not able to return. So she is keeping this secret by trying to convince Torvald to keep Krogstad in his job. Nora was unhappy with her married life but she was pretending to be happy. Nora was gifted a dress by Torvald which was found torn but still, Nora wore that dress to keep Torvald in the state of erotic fascination.

New Year’s Day

New Year means setting new aims and achieving some goals in the upcoming year. In this play, Torvalt got a new highly/better-paid job at the bank. Now Nora wanted to get a bit free from household activities so she left her children and Torvald at home

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