Mrs.Linde Mrs. Linde enters Nora’s life and acts

Mrs.Linde and Nils
Krogstad are both very effective minor characters in A Doll’s House. Mrs.Linde independent, wise, and modern woman who
has lost her husband and is now a widow. She loved a man who was not finically
stable. Her mother was sick and she needed to take care of her two smaller
brothers so she married a man who was finically stable even if she did not love
him. Mrs. Linde is seen as a “doll” because she does what society in the
Victorian Era would expect after her mother got ill and she had two younger
siblings to take care of. She married for money and sacrificed everything for her
family because that is what a woman should
do. Mrs. Linde confesses “…my life is dreadfully empty and I feel so forsaken.

There is not the least pleasure in working for one’s self” (53). Now Mrs. Linde
wants to be the mother of children and believes she needs a man. Mrs. Linde
enters Nora’s life and acts as a guiding friend showing the importance of
company. Mrs. Linde’s longing to take care of someone and to not be alone has
led her to bring the idea of her and Krogstad, Krogstad is who Mrs. Line loved
before.

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Nils Krogstad suffers
from a “diseased moral character” (15). Nils Krogstads crime is forgery and
this crime ruined his reputation and his chance at a valuable job that provides
stable pay . He blackmails Nora because that is the only way he can gain his respect in his opinion, provide for his
family and possibly gain a new job. The societies close-minded thoughts are
what have made Krogstad do such horrible things, all for acceptance. He wants
to take Torvald’s job and be happy for once. Krogstad is a “doll” that represents
the lower-class men who have lost their reputation and are truly powerless as
he says “I am a shipwrecked man clinging to a bit of wreckage.” (52). Symbolism
of a doll is very important in understanding the message of the book and this
can be shown throughout the social classes present.

Anne-Maire, the
Helmers nurse is the reason why Nora believes the kids will be just fine without
her. When Nora says “if my little ones had no other mother, I am sure you would…”
(30), it is foreshadowing the big ending. Anne Marie gave up her own daughter
and was offered a job from Nora’s father because she needed the money, and this
was completely unheard of in the Victorian era. In the beginning of act two
Nora and the Nurse have a conversation and Nora says “how could you have the heart
to put your own child out among strangers” (30), and this shows the audience how
Nora does not fully understand the difficulties that a woman from a lower
social class might have, while starting to raise a baby or in the nurse’s situation
the difficulties in supporting a baby with proper money and health care, and so
for the baby she gave her up. She is a “doll” in the way that she represents
all woman who have had to give up their lives to take care of other families. Dr.

Rank is a foil to Torvald and treats Nora with the respect that Torvald lacks,
for example he calls Nora “Mrs. Helmer” (37), this shows the appreciation he
has for Nora. Dr. Rank foreshadows what will happen and says “Helmer’s refined
nature gives him an unconquerable disgust at everything that is ugly” (38),
this is foreshadowing Torvalds true self. Dr. Rank provides background
information on Krogstad that lets the audience have an opinion that is
important to the play.   

All of the
character’s personalities, background story, and humanity provides the reader
lots of clarity on how a “doll” is so important in understanding this play. Unbalanced
relationships in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s
House are shown through the symbolism of a doll. Characters in A Doll’s House live according to the assurance
and pressure of society in the Victorian era. These unbalanced relationships
shown through the symbolism of A Doll’s
House is commonly displayed among the main characters, and minor
characters, and can also be shown through social class. A Doll’s House is an empowering book that inspires women and
educates men. The multiple “dolls” in A
Doll’s House can connect to the audience on a personal level because there
is a type of doll for everyone. 

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