Setting well, you might as well see a bit

Setting  The setting is dark in the living room of the Helmer’s, and the doors of the room are all closed while Nora and Dr. Rank are talking, so nobody is watching them as they are flirting. Throughout their conversation they end up right beside each other on the couch by the time Dr. Rank confesses his love. The closer Nora and Dr. Rank get to each other the more intense the feelings, and the darker the lighting gets. As they become physically closer the closer Dr. Rank is closer to telling Nora that he is in love with her and the closer he is to ruining her idea of a fantasy world.literary featuresmetaphor:The light is a metaphor for Nora’s fake or fantasy world that she is living in.  Light in A Doll’s House is also used to emphasize Nora’s decisions. As Nora is flirting with Dr. Rank to warm him up before asking for him to pay out her loans the light grows dark showing to create a sinister mood. When Dr. Rank tells Nora that he loves her Nora gets up immediately and demands Helen to bring a lamp into the room, showing how Nora is now aware that she was doing something wrong, and with the lights on it is as if she is going right back into her fantasy world that Dr. Rank had just taken her out of and put her into reality, which Nora is not ready to be in.Tone: Page 49 – the tone of the scene changes after Dr. rank tells Nora he has strong feelings for her. The tone goes from being chipper and light to harsh and tense with one sentence said from Dr. Rank.symbol:  Nora shows Dr. Rank her stockings and this is a symbol for her rebellion against the social expectations at the time because nobody other than the husband was suppose to see above the ankle of a woman’s stocking, but she said “No, no, no, you can only look at the feet. Oh well, you might as well see a bit higher up to.” (47)  This is also Foreshadowing to chapter 3 when Nora goes against the social norms and leaves her children with her husband, which women were not expected to do during this period of time as it was going against the expectations of a wife and a mother. Foreshadowing: Nora speaks to Dr. Rank about what happens after someone leaves. (he is talking about death but she is talking about her leaving her family) They talk about whether after departure people are forgotten and replace or remembered and never forgotten. On Pg 46 Dr. Rank says, “You wouldn’t miss me for long. When you are gone you are soon forgotten.” This is foreshadowing when Nora is going to leave her family and fantasy world behind to find herself and become something other than a doll in a house controlled by her husband. Nora is going to ask Dr. Rank for money and she begins by telling him that “Torvald loves her very much” (48) but she doesn’t say anything about her love for him. This foreshadows her revealing that she doesn’t love Torvald anymore. As well Nora begins to stray away from her duties as a mother and as a wife as she is flirting with Dr. Rank, and this is foreshadowing to when she leaves her husband and kids again. It is also evident that she is in love with Dr. Rank and not Torvald when she says on page 47, “you’ll see tomorrow how nicely I can dance. And you can pretend I’m doing it just for you – and Torvald as well, of course.” This shows how she thinks of Dr. Rank before she thinks of Torvald, exposing her love. dramatic techniques:Earlier in the play on page 38 Nora and Mrs. Linde are speaking about Dr. Rank and how he visits often and mrs. Linde asks if he visit every day and Nora responds “Every single day. He was Torvald’s best friend as a boy, and he’s a good friend of mine, too.” The “mine” being in italics shows that the actress playing Nora is meant to say it in a way that suggests he is somebody special to her, and that she potentially has romantic feeling for him. Mrs. Linde suggests that he likes her, but Nora denies it, but how she says “mine” shows that she is most likely already aware of the love Dr. Rank has for her. Conclusion:In conclusion the passage when Dr. Rank confesses his love for Nora in the play A Doll’s House draws attention to how she is unhappy in her life, no matter how hard she tries to convince herself her life is a fantasy. The passage of Dr. Rank confessing his love to Nora serves the purpose of making Nora think about not only her love for Torvald and how she feels about her marriage with him, but also her relationships with all of the people surrounding her in her life. This scene truly begins to push Nora away from her life in the house as a “doll” controlled by Torvald to be a strong woman who has a voice of her own, giving the audience an idea that she is going to completely separate herself by the end of the play.