3 April 2013
A Doll’s House
In the play “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen our main character, Nora Helmer, seems to be an immature and selfish housewive. Not long after the play begins we discover that Nora has borrowed money from a man named Neils Krogstad, who works for her husband. She borrowed the not to spend and be selfish, but to save her husband’s life who was dying from an illness. When Nora tries to help her friend get a job working for her husband is when the real action takes place. In order for her friend to get the job her husband has to fire Krogstad. When Krogstad hears of this he blackmails Nora and threatens to tell her husband that she had borrowed the money from him. This puts Nora in a bad position and no matter what she does she can not win. In many literary works, there are different elements that authors use to help explain the characters and the events that take place in the story. In the play “A Doll’s House” Ibsen uses imagery to show how the protagonist, Nora Helmer, is viewed by the other characters of the story. Ibsen specifically uses animal imagery to help us understand how Nora is perceived. Most of this imagery is used towards Nora, coming from her husband Torvald Helmer. He uses a couple different types of animal imagery to describe his wife throughout the play.
First, he uses bird imagery because this is how he views his wife. Not saying he thinks she looks like a bird, but he calls her this because it is how she is portrayed throughout the play. Early on in the play Torvald asks, “Is that my skylark twittering out there?” So not only does he call her a bird but he specifically calls her a lark. A lark is a carefree songbird, and is thought to be a happy animal. He uses a lark because this is how Ibsen wants Nora to be perceived as the play progresses. From the beginning of the play Nora is portrayed as a carefree woman and very high spirited, as many people may view a lark. Torvald also calls Nora “my little lark” when...
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