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A Doll’s House By Henrik Ibsen

1179 words - 5 pages

Throughout the play Mrs. Linde acts as a mentor to Nora and plays a vital character in her awakening. Mrs. Linde is introduced as Nora’s old school friend with whom Nora could share her secret and this serves as a way of letting the audience know about Nora’s struggles. Mrs. Linde also serves foil to Nora’s character in the play, A Doll’s House.
Coming from an impecunious family, Mrs. Linde had to give up her true love Krogstad and marry a man she did not love to able to financially support her brothers and her mother. After her husband’s death Mrs. Linde has been a hard-working and independent woman. Whereas, Nora is portrayed as child whose only concern is the superficial things in life. ...view middle of the document...

Linde however, shows that Nora was indeed childish and entirely capable of handling responsibilities. On learning about Nora’s loans, Mrs. Linde suggests that Nora should tell Torvald as she believed that honesty and equality were the only to have a happy marriage.
It is mentioned that Mrs. Linde is thinner than before which shows life has actually been for her. She has worked several small jobs and has been providing for herself ever since her husband died. Mrs. Linde talks about how she capable of doing anything a man can do. She acts an encouragement to Nora. She shows Nora that life would be hard if she chose to leave Torvald but it would not be impossible.
Mrs. Linde uses her relationship with Krogstad to protect Nora but she also uses her influence over Nora to make sure that Nora tells Torvald the truth. Time and time again, Mrs Linde insists that, “Helmer must know everything. This unhappy secret must come out.” Even though Mrs. Linde changed Krogstad’s mind about giving Torvald the letter, she persisted to tell Nora the same thing. She wanted to be happy the way she was – to not have lie or rely on someone.
Mrs. Linde had already sacrified a lot for the happiness of her family and now, her only priority is her self. She does not care about what society might say about her relationship with Krogstad or his reputation. She now believes that she deserves to have what she wants and so should Nora. However, Nora seems to truly believe that she is living a content life with her husband and her children – children who she never spends time with and a husband who she can not be honest with.
Nora has been living a lie all her life. She has spent her whole life being a doll for other – first her father and then Torvald. She only does what is acceptable to society with disregard to her own joy. She acts as Torvald’s puppet, following as his wishes and his commands.
Nora is very whimsical and irresponsible. In the very first scene, Nora pays the Porter hundred pence instead of fifty pence. Though it is not a significant amount of money, it shows how reckless and irresponsible she can be.
Nora also has a disregard for others’ feelings and their welfare. She blames Mrs. Linde for smuggling the forbidden macaroons into the...

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