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Animal Imagery in Henrick Ibsens A Doll HouseAnimal imagery in Henrick Ibsens play The Doll House is a critical analyzing tool for the character development of Nora and Torvald Helmer the main characters in this play The play is a three-act play that takes place in the Helmer residence in A room furnished comfortably and tastefully but not extravagantly pg3 Its the Christmas season at the residence as its told early in the play Torvald asks Nora what she would like for Christmas Nora wishes for money because unknown to Torvald she owes a large sum to Nils Krogstad for a promissory note loan he had given to her The story goes on and Torvald finds out about the note The anger he directs at Nora goes away when he opens another letter from Krogstad with the note in it saying that the note did not have to be paid back Even after this Nora decides to leave Torvald saying that he never understood her and that he never loved her That in my opinion was the truth Nora Helmer was a sensitive character She had been babied all of her life by her father and by Torvald She really didnt have too many concerns or responsibilities She didnt even have to care for the children the maid would usually take care of them Speaking stereotypically she was your everyday housewife She never left the house mostly because her husband was afraid of the way people would talk In my opinion not too many people knew of their marriage and that was they way Torvald wanted it to be It really wasnt her fault she was the way she was It was mostly Torvalds for spoiling her Ibsen uses creative but effective animal imagery to develop Noras character throughout the play He has Torvald call his wife his little lark or sulky squirrel or other animal names throughout the play He uses
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