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Animal Imagery in A Dolls House In many pieces of literary work there are elements that are used to help develop the audiences understanding of characters and events In the play A Dolls House by Henrik Ibsen animal imagery is used in the development of the main character Nora It is also later found that the animal imagery is a critical part in understanding who Nora is and how other characters perceive her Ibsen uses creative but effective animal imagery to develop Noras character throughout the play The animal imagery is carried out through the dialect between Nora and her husband Torvald He uses a lot of bird imagery seeming that Torvald thought of Nora as some kind of bird It is also evident that the animal names he calls Nora directly relates to how Nora is acting or how Torvald wants her to be portrayed In Act I Torvald asks Is that my skylark twittering out there referring to Nora A lark is a happy and carefree songbird A lark can also be used as a verb that means to engage in spirited fun or merry pranks Right from the beginning of the play it is evident that Nora is a lively spirited and carefree woman just as a lark might be Torvald again referrers to Nora early in the play as my little lark when she is moving around the room and humming with a carefree spirit that might characterize a lark From this we might assume that whenever Nora has spirit or is supposed to be happy Torvald thinks of her as a bird specifically a lark In contrast to Torvald calling Nora a lark immediately after he refers to her as a squirrel in asking Is that my squirrel rustling This is interesting in the development of both Nora and Torvalds characters because a squirrel is quite different than a lark A squirrel is a small furry rodent that
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