Analysis of the Character of Mrs. Linde in A Doll's House

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The American author Napoleon Hill once stated “think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” In Henrick Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, the character of Mrs. Linde contributes to the exposition and pivotal moment of the decideding factors of Krogstad, she also has a profound influence on the character development of Nora Helmer. Mrs. Linde directly contributes to Nora’s moment of realization and Nora’s decision to leave her husband at the end of the play. Woman within Ibsen’s time period were often considered lesser in comparison to men, and typically within a marriage the woman was considered an accessory rather than an equal. But in the case of Mrs.…show more content…
Nora is able to form a rational decision in leaving her home for the benefit of her family. This reveals that Mrs. Linde and Nora have underlying similarities within their characteristics. They are both self-sacrificial, working in order to help their families; however, Nora was only able to come to this realization through the aid of Mrs. Linde. The main focus of Act III tackles the predetermined distinctions between the husband and wife, not the conflict between Krogstad and Nora. In order to draw attention to the marital relations between Nora and Helmer, Ibsen eliminates any other distractions and concludes other subplots that might draw attention away from the main plot. Ibsen uses the character of Mrs. Linde to remove Krogstad from the role of the antagonist by reconstructing their broken relationship, in order to increase the awareness of Nora and Torvald’s unstable relationship. This contributes to Nora’s relinquishment of her “doll-wife” existence, relieving herself of her “most sacred duties,” as a mother and wife in her final decision to leave her husband at the end of Act III. By placing Mrs. Linde in the role of the mediator, Ibsen is striving to eliminate the idea that women are only capable of causing trouble. He distinctly contrasts Mrs. Linde to Nora making Nora the trouble maker, and Mrs. Linde the problem solver. This trait, influenced by Mrs. Linde, radiates in Nora in the climactic moment when she decides

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