Foils Are Friends Essay

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Throughout our life we meet people in this world who stick around and stay with us through thick and thin. No matter what we as people go through in life, we all have that one friend that knows us like a book. In “A Doll’s House”, by Henrik Ibsen that friend is Christine Linde. Nora and Mrs. Linde were both significantly close as children, but they gradually fell out of touch as they grew older. They didn’t remain in contact until Mrs. Linde shows up unexpectedly at Nora’s home before Christmas. Although they hadn’t kept in close contact for a significant amount of time, it was as if they never lost touch when they were face to face. Christine Linde is a foil for Nora because she has to struggle for a significant time to get to where she is and continually shows us Nora’s strengths and weaknesses.
In the beginning of the play, it is evident that Christine Linde went through some hardships in her life as she progressed and got older. She explained to Nora all that she went through.“Mrs. Linde tells Nora that she has had some difficult problems and is seeking employment” (“A Doll’s House” 108). Mrs. Linde later receives news that she has got a job at the bank thanks to Torvald. She has to marry for love and take care of her sickly mother and her two younger brothers. Even though she has to work extremely hard and the burden is all on her, it reveals to us her character which is that she is an honorable wife, a reliable daughter, and a devoted sister. Mrs. Linde has to also give up her own needs of love and life to care for everyone else. Love didn’t force her to marry a rich man, the money did. Her life continually consists of working and tending to care for her mom and little brothers. It displays to us how reliable of a person Mrs. Linde really is and how she would give up anything to make sure her own family is alive and healthy. It is clear that if she wanted to write her own fairy tale book, her life would surely be simple and she could marry for love and live an abundant life. She truly has a passionate love for Nils Krogstad. They had been in love in her past, but he could not be her husband in that moment of time because he never had a significant amount of money. Although they could not be married in her past, the future is bright for the two “At the beginning of this act they agree to marry, and Krogstad offers to retrieve his letter from Torvald” (“A Doll’s House” 108). In a way, Mrs. Linde may have struggled, but in the end it only makes her a stronger and independent woman.
As a matter of fact, Mrs. Linde unravels to us the truthful and free will side of Nora. Nora: “To have some fun at Christmas-time, of course. How delightful! We will have such fun together! But take off your things. You are not cold, I hope....

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