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Asiah Revell English 102 Ms.Kohli February 2017 Nora and Mrs.Linde A Doll’s House is set in the late 1870’s during christmas time in Norway. The story is about a young woman named Nora who is married to a bank director named Torvald.Just as her father did, Torvald treats Nora as if she is a child by constantly calling her a doll, commenting on her actions and calling her irresponsible. Nora borrowed an amount of money from a man named Krogstad in order to go on a trip to Italy. She forged her father's signature. Torvald and Krogstad work together and when he becomes bank director he would like to relieve Krogstad of his position at the bank. In order to keep his job he decides to blackmail Nora, threatening that he will tell Torvald of her past criminal activities Mrs.Linde is a childhood friend of Nora’s who live a life of poverty unlike her friend. She also has a thing for Krogstad. Throughout the story of A Doll’s house you constantly see different sides of both Nora and Mrs.Linde Different articles constantly compare and contrast the two characters. There are definitely more differences between them. Nora is seemed to be a little play toy, controlled by her husband while Mrs.Linde is free to make to make her own choices, but holds her own self back. Nora is a happy wife with three loving children while Mrs.Linde is a widow with none at all. Nora is a symbol of revolution or the future perhaps while Mrs.Linde represents the ideal figure of conservative woman. One comparison is although they struggle throughout the play they both seem to find themselves in the end. In the play Torvald treats Nora as if she is a little girl, calling her a doll. Their marriage seems to be more like father and daughter, rather than husband and wife. Torvald actually calls her a child and a squirrel at points during the play. He states, “Is it my little squirrel bustling about” and “The child shall have her way.”(Act one and two, Henrik Ibsen) “Torvald finds himself having to restrain Nora with rules , much as a father would have to inhibit a child, forbidding her from pursuing candy and other temporal pleasures.”(Wiseman) Torvald even strips her of her motherly duties. He states, “I shall not allow you to bring up the children; I dare not trust them to you.”(Act three, Henrik Ibsen) He claims to know that things in marriage should be shared yet he never truly shows it. Although Mrs. Linde is a widow she does not have a man holding her back, she holds herself back. She is always focusing on the negative aspects in her life and she
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