Symbolism The doll's house symbolizes the people in the upper class in the society. In the story, it is something that most, if not all, of the people wished to have but few have the chance to. It also symbolizes pride and envy. Pride in that sense that one should be very proud having such thing because only few can afford it, like the Burnells. Envy in such a way that other people wanted to have what the people in the upper class has. The gate that Kezia is sitting on and which she wings open symbolizes the barrier between the upper and the lower class in the society. The opening of the gate by Kezia and letting the Kelveys go in means that she is removing the barrier giving equal opportunity to all regardless of class. The removal of that barrier doesn't last that long because someone(Aunt Beryll) opposed the deed. The little lamp inside the doll's house symbolizes hope and kindness. This allows hope into Else's (who notice it) life. The hope that they can be equal to other people in the society. They may not have equal money but, at the very least, opportunity. The kindness done by Kezia despite all the restrictions given to them was also depicted by the lamp. These two ideas are always present but only few appreciate their presence. In the story, the innocent ones were able to do so. The smell of the doll's house represents the cruelty of the society. The doll's may be perfect but this stinks. This tells us that no matter how good is a thing or person to us, it always has a negative side hidden underneath. What's hidden can never be hidden forever, it will really show by any means.