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Role As Nora's Awakener Essay

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Henrik Ibsen, a prominent nineteenth century Norwegian playwright, is known as “The Father of Modern Drama”. He incorporates major themes in his work such as, self-realization, idealism, guilt, allusion, conflict between art and life. Such themes can be observed in his novel “ A Doll’s House”, where the main character, Nora Helmer, comes to the conclusion that she is not a doll, but rather her own person. The significance behind the ending of the play is that it showed how Nora has matured and opened her eyes to the discrepancies within her marriage and Norwegian cultural in all. A women’s place was in the home where she is expected to fulfill her motherly and wife duties. So when Nora became aware of her ‘true’ identity it definitely reflected Ibsen’s technique. With the use of Mrs. Linde, a minor character, Ibsen was able to allow the play to end in the fashion that it did. Mrs. Linde was the catalyst.

At the beginning of a dolls house, Nora seems completely happy. She affectionately to Torvalds teasing,in which throughout the play he referred to her as his “little skylark”.She also takes pleasure in the company of her children and friends. She does not seem to be bothered by her doll-like behaviors, for she is pampered, patronized and coddled.How ever the conflict surrounding the play is the issue of Nora’s forged signature when taking the loan that would aid Torvald’s medical operation. Afterwards, with Torvald’s promotion, Nora is blackmailed by Krogstad whom promised to inform Torvald of the Nora’s transgression. Furthermore, Mrs. Linde is Characterized as being a dedicated and courageous woman. Although woman at the time had minimal independence, was still able to make a living for her self and her family. In comparison to Nora, Mrs. Linde has lived a life of hardships.However, when the play concludes, the women switch places. Nora leaves her family, meanwhile Mrs. Linde begins a new one.

Mrs. Linde and Krogstad were once lovers, so in act III where krogstad changes his mind to retract the letter, Mrs. Linde persuades him to keep the letter in the mailbox because the situation is an “unhappy secret [that] must be revealed” (Ibsen 63). That statement indicates how she feels about the situation, and how she wants to take matters into her own hands. The significance is that is the turning point of the play. Nora does not get her happy ending. However, through Mrs. Linde, Nora is able to discover life on her own.

Nora felt as if she could pay off the loan without Torvald’s knowledge, yet if he does find out he would then come to her rescue; at least that is what she believed. Mrs. Linde asks her if she would ever tell Torvald of the loan and Nora responds with, “yes – someday, perhaps, after many years, when I'm no longer as pretty as I am now.… I mean, of course, when Torvald is no longer as devoted to me as he is now; when my dancing and dressing up and reciting have palled on him then it may be a good thing to have something in...

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