Lolita By Vladimir Nabokov Essay

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Henrik Ibsen has masterfully infused symbolic elements into his work A Doll's House. The plot has been carefully crafted with many underlying ideas which provoke the reader to probe into the deeper meaning of the story. Symbolism can add mountains of value to any work, in the case of this 19th century masterpiece, it adds plenty. In Sourcebk Naturalist Theatre, symbolism is further explained, "Given its poetic basis, implying an idealized and interior depiction of human activity, symbolism is generally seen as the opposite of Naturalism. However, the major plays of naturalistic canon are structured around symbols, and their central importance is demonstrated by the frequency with which these controlling symbols appear in the titles." (C D Innes, p. 25) It is the imagery presented in the intertextuality gives the reader an insight into the conflicts that plague the characters of the play. Such metaphors and canonical texts are interspersed within the play at various intervals.Through the symbolism Ibsen has successfully explored various themes, by manipulating the characters. Writing about the realism in Ibsen's plays, Kimball King noted in his analysis of the symbolism in A Doll's House, "A Doll's House inaugurates the mature phase of dramatic realism, with its symbolic, detailed setting and evocative props - a Christmas tree, macaroons, and a dance costume - all of which Ibsen uses to comment on Nora's awareness of society's negative influence on her" (King, p. 504). In effect this particular story is Nora's story, the symbols her symbols, the plot belongs to a character that lacked character to begin with. Through the use of the imagery and symbolism Ibsen managed to pull at the audience; his subliminal approach gives us more of an insight into the story than any direct approach could have.Ibsen has used symbolism to his advantage throughout the play to show the volatile relationships of the characters. With small insignificant things and actions are used as the warning signs of bigger and more consequential problems. One example of this can be found within the very start of the play when Nora returns home after a days shopping; at one point Helmer wags his finger at her, as though she is a child and says, "Hasn't Miss Sweet Tooth been breaking rules in town today?.... Not been nibbling sweets?.... Not even taken a bite at a macaroon or two?" (Ibsen, p. 10-11) for a simple matter of sweets, Nora chooses to lie to her husband and deny at each point her guilt in the matter of the macaroons which she was previously nibbling on. The macaroons in a way symbolize the dissension between the husband and wife i.e. Mr. and Mrs. Helmer. It shows the lack of understanding and love between the two, and it facts points to the superficiality of their relationship. The couple is, on the surface, extremely happy; Nora is treated like a spoilt child by her husband which some may mistake for his love and affection, however, through the incident of the macaroons...

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