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Symbolism in The Dolls House Katherine Mansfields The Dolls House, clearly illustrates the symbolic journey of Kezia

as she wanders in her childhood purity. The symbolic relationship that Kezia develops with the lamp in The Dolls House, is critical to the development of the plot. In addition, the depiction of Kezia, provides a contrasting outlook on English hierarchy. To begin, the Burnell Children receive a dolls house from Mrs. Hay. As the two eldest Burnell children take admiration to the red plush chairs and carpet, perfected windows, and golden pieces of the house, Kezia, the youngest, is mesmerized by the simplicity of the lamp. This is exemplified when Kezia thinks to herself, But the lamp was perfect. It seemed to smile at Kezia, to say, I live here. The lamp was real (Mansfield 119). Kezias enchantment of the lamp symbolizes her absence of adornment for materialistic items, opposed to her sisters. As the story progresses, Kezia continues to disapprove of the superficial parts of the dolls house and cannot see why the others do not see the beauty of the lamp. This is clearly illustrated when Kezia cries out, The lamps best of all. She thought Isabel wasnt making half enough of the little lamp. But nobody would pay attention (Mansfield 121). Issues continue to occur

with the others, due to Kezias indifferent ways. Once Kezia falls in love with the lamp, however, it is foreshadowing the events to come. Next, Kezias innocence leads her to make friends with the Kelveys, in whom from an economic standpoint, are ignored. Like the lamp, Kezia does not follow the normality of things around her in her English society. For instance, everywhere in town, They walked past the Kelveys with their heads in the air, and as they set the fashion in all matters of behaviour, the Kelveys were shunned by everybody (Mansfield 120).