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What is the symbolism of Ibsen referring to Nora as a bird? what is the symbolism of ibsen refering to Nora as a bird?

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For all their delicateness and nurturing instincts, birds are also resilient and migrate to wherever conditions are better for them. And, in situations that are dangerous to them, they will abandon their nests since the survival instinct supercedes all others. Indeed, the use of the bird as symbolic of Nora is appropriate.

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Nora is seen as an entertainer and comfort for Torvald, like a pet. 

Birds also are fragile creatures with hollow bones. They sing and are seen as merry, but they are also seen to need protection from harm. 

The household is also like a nest, a place to be "feathered" with comforts, in Torvald's view....

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But couldn't Nora be restricted by the enviorment she lives in? Women in the 19th century didn't have freedom and were treated like an amusement tool!