Kezia seems to be different from her sisters in "The Doll's House." How is this shown?

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Kezia stands out from her two sisters, Isabel and Lottie, in many ways. We  notice early in the story that she possesses a deeper sense of aesthetic susceptibility in that her immediate focal point in the dollhouse was the small, oil lamp that stood in the middle of the dollhouse's...

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Kezia stands out from her two sisters, Isabel and Lottie, in many ways. We  notice early in the story that she possesses a deeper sense of aesthetic susceptibility in that her immediate focal point in the dollhouse was the small, oil lamp that stood in the middle of the dollhouse's dining room table. This demonstrates that the author wants to use Kezia to represent the aspects of beauty and humanity that everyone else, except the Kelvey sisters, seems to lack.

Kezia demonstrates that she thinks differently than the others. When she receives the doll's house that is given to her and her sisters, she is the only one who zones in the likeness that the little lamp holds to the real thing. Moreover, she also gives meaning to the lamp by thinking that the lamp "seemed to smile at her", and tells her "I live here". She feels that the lamp is "real." These observations show that Kezia is someone who also looks for the "real", deepest, and most organic aspects of things. This contrasts dramatically with the attitudes and actions of her other two sisters, who are barely mentioned in the story as they are too busy socializing about the doll's house with their friends.

The most memorable thing that makes Kezia stand out in the story is the fact that she initiates contact with the Kelvey sisters, even knowing that, neither her parents, nor her aunt, Beryl, would approve. Kezia was the only character to even consider inviting the Kelveys over. Once again, this shows her tendency to see people for who they really are and not for the labels that people bestow upon them. Just like she was able to tell that the little oil lamp had an amazing likeness to the real thing, she can also see the Kelvey girls for who they really are: two lonely girls who are treated unfairly just because of their social status. 

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