Normally in a play the role of a supporting character is to either influence or as the name

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Normally in a play the role of a supporting character is to either influence or as the name suggests support the main character. In the play, ‘A Doll House’, Mrs. Kristine Linde is one of these characters, who serves the most purposeful role in terms of plot development in the play as well as helps to transform the character growth. Mrs. Linde is introduced to the audience as an old friend of Nora’s, the protagonist. She is used to highlight Nora’s childish and egotistical characteristics contrasting that of Mrs. Linde’s practical and gallant nature. She shows Nora possibilities of self-reliability and highlighting the woman’s role in society during the early nineteenth century. Ibsen uses Mrs. Linde to influence the plot by impacting…show more content…
In these first interactions the audience notices Nora’s nonchalant attitude towards Mrs. Linde’s problems, and instead boasts about her husband, Torvald, and his success in the work sphere. Mrs. Linde mocks Nora and states “You haven’t known much trouble or hardship in your own life.” (Ibsen, Act 1). The use of this single line creates an atmosphere in which Nora must prove herself, affronted she “(tosses her head and walks across the room)” (Ibsen, Act 1). Thereafter, she launches into a theatrical disclosure and justification of all her secret activities that were unheard of during the early nineteenth century such as: firstly attaining a loan without her husband’s consent, second a woman saving her husband’s life was considered very demeaning, finally a woman of her stature paying off a debt, such things a woman is not expected to do. Ibsen very carefully places trigger questions from Mrs. Linde that unfolds the plot to the audience. It was as though Ibsen decided that he would intentionally introduce an old friend of the main character with the main aim to expose all of her secrets to the audience. Nora states “Now, you know you're full of curiosity, Kristine”.(Ibsen, Act 1), Mrs. Linde is not simply portrayed as a shrink that only listens, she offers her opinions and warns Nora of her misguided actions while exposing the role of women in the society. She declares “No, a wife cannot borrow

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