The American author Napoleon Hill once stated “think twice before you speak, because your words and

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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 when she encourages Krogstad not to retrieve his letter from Torvald Helmer’s mailbox, 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 times considered lesser in comparison to men, and typically within a marriage the woman was considered an…show more content…
Linde’s statement in order to present another layer of Nora’s character. Nora ignores Mrs. Linde’s perception that she is “incapable of anything serious” by revealing how she acquired a loan without her husband’s permission or knowledge (Act 1). This seemingly simple act of secrecy indicates Nora’s lack of conformity to her time period. It was unheard of and illegal for a woman to partake in any business deals without the consent of her husband. But by breaking the law and defying the social norms, Nora is shedding her appearance as a “poor little girl” and proving that she knows what it is like to worry about more just “household cares” (Act I). As a result, Mrs. Linde, a woman who “has gone through [much] in this world of troubles,” changes her perception of Nora and is able to regard her as an equally troubled individual rather than a woman of no worries (Act I). 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

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