Have you ever seen Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium? If not let me give you a summary this movie takes place at this magical, wonderful, most spectacular toy store. The toys not only come to life but have personality. This movie explored how objects can not only really have a role not only in our life but reflect situations and people in our lives and provide us with an answer and reflection. In Doll House, Nora is Mr. Magorium as the objects are a reflection of her and it all takes place at her wonderful emporium called life. Dollhouse by Ibsen is a controversial play that focuses on Nora and her marriage to Torvald.
The play is constantly introducing symbols that represent prices of Nora life but also abstract concepts and situations. Ibens uses symbols such as a Christmas Tree, Macaroons, the Letters, tarantella, and dollhouse. Not all symbols symbolize positivity but the Christmas Tree is different. The Christmas tree symbolizes Nora’s joy and happiness in decorating her home and making it look good.
The Christmas tree is a very festive object that is meant to be utilized as decoration. The Christmas tree gives the audience an overview of the role Nora has in her household and how she can be depicted as a doll who adds charms to the household. “We shall have a lovely tree—I’ll do all the things you like, Torvald, I’ll sing and dance.” There are numerous comparisons between Nora and the Christmas tree. The tree can also symbolize her caution for people’s perception of her life, just as Nora explain to her maid she doesn’t want the kids to see the Christmas tree before it’s decorated “hide it…the children mustn’t see it until this evening when it has been decorated,” this is similar to how she always tells Torvald no one can see her before the dance in her dress.
During the between-act two, the tree decorations had been taken and the candlelight no longer burning. The stage directions indicate that the tree is “bedraggled”. This represents Nora psychological condition has begun to degrade and her innocence is disappearing.
The household starts to disintegrate when things start to become out of order. Earlier in the novel, Torvald tells Nora to stop eating Macaroons, which is normally something she would abide by but not this time. Tora claims she never disobey Torvald but this is false as Nora in the beginning of act 1 Nora sneaks in some Macaroons while she is alone.She told Mrs.
Linde and Dr. Rank “He’s worried they’ll ruin my teeth” (Nora, page 721). By eating them, she’s destroying her beauty; therefore, she is destroying the main reason why he married her.
NOra lies start to become unconsciously as she say, “You know I could never think of going against you” (Nora, page 715). The Macaroons symbolize Nora disobedient and deceit. Nora offers Dr. Banks a macaroon. He says he thought they were forbidden in Nora’s house. Nora lies and says that the macarons are Mrs.
Linde. The Macarons are a symbol of Torvald strictness and Nora disobedience. Torvald banning Nora from eating the macaroons “Torvald had forbidden them” (Nora, page 721), in the first place makes it seem as Torvald thinks of Nora like a doll and not being capable to make decisions.
Nora continues to hide the Macaroons from Torvald showing she isn’t as brave and she would like to be around Torvald. Nora wants to be independent and not follow Torvald rules. Many of the plot twists during the play focus on the writing and reading of the letters. In the play, the letters are like a narrator reading subtext that uncovers true unpleasant obscured by Torvald and Nora’s. Krogstad places a letter in the mailbox revealing Nora crime of forgery only in the first letter sent and the in the second letter he writes to Nora explaining how he will blackmail Nora and returns Nora’s note leading into act 2.
Nora attempts to prevent Torvald from reading the letters as she doesn’t want Torvald to find out what she has done. The second letter represents Nora no longer being obligated to Krogstad she is now released from his threat. After reading the letter Torvald attempts to return him and Nora recognizes that the letters expose her actions to Torvald.The letter seems to become a major issue for Nora, she becomes paranoid and anxious about Helmer’s discovery of it “There’s no hope for us now-the letter is in the box”.
She becomes completely obsessed with the idea, and we see the contrast as at first, her secret life gave her power and confidence, but now it gives her constant doubt and worry “He must never see it”. Nora seems to relate her life to the length of time she has before the discovery of her secret, suggesting her loss of control of it, and emphasizing how it begins to determine how she acts around characters, “The letter! No, Torvald, no!”. Torvald selfishness is exposed and that Nora no longer wants to participate in. Dr. Rank uses the mailbox to communicate death which he discusses with Nora in an earlier conversation. They discover that Torvald has a hard time dealing with relativity as Dr. Ranks says “Torvald is so fastidious, he cannot face up to -anything ugly.
” An object that ties into the letters in the mailbox which represents Torvald as a superior and controlling husband. The fact that Torvald doesn’t even let Nora read the mail shows how he kept Nora under his control and that she is very submissive shadowing how women were during this time. His control over Nora is riot odd up once that letter is in his sight and Nora no longer feel bound to him, “tears the two letters in pieces”, highlighting the end of its control over Nora and their freedom from debt and deceit, as everything is finally revealed.