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In the first page of the play A Dolls House by Ibsen four characters are introduced Nora Helmer who is Noras husband the porter and Helen Up to this point in the story it is Christmas time and Nora comes home after buying a Christmas tree Then she checks if her husband is there and also he hears her Next the tone is warm and soft because of the connotations choice of diction and the soft tones of the words used for example A room furnished comfortably and tastefully but not extravagantly In turn the tone helps create a comfortable mood In addition the author achieves to reveal characters create mood reveal relationships give background information and create suspense To begin with Ibsen reveals the characters of Nora and Helmer Nora is shown to be very carefree because she is humming a tone and in high spirits Helmer is affectionate because he shows his love for his wife by endearingly comparing her to a lark Secondly the abundant sensory imagery in the first page helps the reader picture the scene very well and feel as if they were there And it also helps create the Christmas time mood of comfort warmth and love Thirdly Helmer uses a metaphor to lovingly compare his wife to his little twittering lark shows that their relationship is filled with love and humour Furthermore background information is given because their currency is in shillings It might be that they are European immigrants in Africa because their names are European and shillings are presently the currency in Africa Or perhaps the setting is in the 1800s because shillings were the currency in most of Europe then In addition suspense is created because the reader wonders if the kids will see the tree before it is decorated how Helmer will react to Nora buying the Christmas tree and how Nora will react to Helmers endearing comparison Therefore the first page of A
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