A Doll's House : Minor Characters Essay

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A Doll's House : Minor Characters

"The supporting characters are important in themselves because they face the same type of problems…"(Urban "Parallels"). Minor characters do a fantastic job of dropping hints to the major themes at the end of any play. Nora's father, Mrs. Linde's husband, Nora's children, Krogstad's children, and Anne Marie, the minor characters in A Doll's House, play their roles perfectly in supporting and shadowing the main characters and themes of the play. The first minor character who comes along in the story is Nora's father. The role of Nora's father is to support who Nora supposedly is as a person. For example, Nora seems to let money, "slip through [her] fingers…Just like [her] father," according to
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Men are treating their wives as if they are empty-headed birds. William Urban suggests that perhaps: Both Mrs. Linde and Nora chose the men they married by an intellectual rather than an emotional process…Mrs. Linde chose to marry her husband to provide economic security for both her mother and her two younger brothers. Then Nora chose to marry her husband at the time when her father could very well have been prosecuted for illegal business transactions. It may have been to influence Torvald to not prosecute her father. If that is true, there there is reason to doubt that she was ever as empty-headed as a doll as she claimed she was. (Urban "Parallels")
If Nora did marry her husband to save her father than their marriage has been and is a lie. Torvald comments that it is, "… punishment for turning a blind eye to him. It was for your sake I did it, and this is what I get for it," (Ibsen 321). Torvald suggests in that statement that he married her to keep her safe. The basis of their relationship is a lie just as was Mrs. Linde's marriage to Mr. Linde when she chose to marry him for the money. The third set of minor characters that is encountered in the play are Nora's children. The behavior Nora uses when she interacts with her children shows why it is semi-easy for Nora to leave her children behind. Her
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