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. Linde, who as a widow is unable to fill these matronly roles due to inconventient family issues; she is now forced to work outside of the home. Women at the time were not trusted to partake in matters of grave importance such as finances or other issues (Intro to Franz Kalfka). However, growing up in a home where a woman occupied many of the dominant male roles, Ibsen was able to look past the menial labels society placed on women and portray them as the strong, the levelheaded individuals they are, such as Mrs. Linde. In his play A Doll’s House, Ibsen further exemplifies his beliefs through the characters of Mrs. Linde, a hard working independent individual, and Nora Helmer a dependent seeming naive individual.
In the beginning of Act I, Nora Helmer is presented as a somewhat childish and frivolous character. She remains unmoved when her husband tells her that they “can’t spend money recklessly,” her rebuttal is that they can “borrow” until he has received his salary. The audience has no ba...
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.... She often times discards her domestic roles as a mother and wife and takes on “masculine” roles, re-surfacing a trait that has been suffocated by her surroundings. Ibsen uses both the characters of Mrs. Linde and Nora to display the capabilities of women outside of their traditional roles, and uses Mrs. Linde’s influence on Nora to represent the positive influences women can make on society if given the opportunity.
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