The Doll’s House


Katherine Mansfield

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The Doll’s House Symbols

The Lamp

Most broadly, the miniature oil lamp in the doll’s house symbolizes the ideas of connection and inclusivity. The best feature of the house according to Kezia, the youngest Burnell sister fixates on the lamp…

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The White Gates

The Burnell courtyard has big white gates that separate the street from their private property. The gates are a symbol of the Burnell’s class superiority, physically separating them from poor outsiders. The Burnells gladly let…

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The Doll’s House

The doll’s house itself is a symbol of the Burnell family’s societal position. When it is brought into the Burnell courtyard, it becomes, literally, a house within a house, a mirror of the Burnell’s home…

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