Believe it or not, when you told me the good news about your step up, I was pleased not so much for you sake as for mine” (Ibsen 1817). Mrs. Linde’s response to Nora provides evidence that she has plenty experience with the outside world; she has had several occupations, as well encountering other issues. She does not allow her mother’s or husband 's death consume her. She understands that she has to be selfish because she can only depend herself, which is why when Nora shares her good news, Mrs. Linde admits that she sees it as an opportunity for her own excellence. Mrs. Linde figures The Helmer 's promotion could also benefit her.
Ibsen’s deliberate use of minor characters in A Doll’s House was to create and develop Nora’s personality; and as the play finishes, Nora is a real and complex character, a woman who is contradictory to society’s expectations and ideal for a realistic world. Word Count: 1419
In her first soliloquy Lady Macbeth reveals her desire t... ... middle of paper ... ...art to the pensive audience. Lady Macbeth’s soliloquies portrayed her as a vile woman tormented by a guilty conscience, and her soliloquies also communicated important information about her to the audience; had all the characters been privy to this information they would have regarded Lady Macbeth very differently. The mind births the contract between corruption and the soul. In reality, we never get to hear anyone’s soliloquies. The imagination hides the deceptive woes and moral bankruptcy of every individual.
Lady Macbeth immediately is not content with this new found power but jumps right into contemplating murder. This is not a sign of possession by something dark, but a stark insight into the character of Lady Macbeth. In the same letter Macbeth calls his wife his ‘dearest partner in greatness’ which shows how different and out spoken Lady Macbeth must be from other women of her day (Shakespeare 256). This was not a common endearment in the days of Lady Macbeth and shows that Macbeth values her opinion. This could be a blessing or in this case a curse seeing how twisted Lady Macbeth’s character seems.
To me, she appears at first to be loving but ambitious. By the end of the play, Lady Macbeth is revealed to be cruel but loyal, aggressive, ruthless and neurotic. The fact that she kills herself shows how mentally unstable she becomes. Lady Macbeth plays a crucial part in the key events surrounding Macbeth. Throughout the play we see her determination build to a point where she pushes Macbeth and herself over the edge.
At the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth is introduced as a dominant, controlling, heartless wife with an obsessive ambition to achieve kingship for her husband. Her weak, sheltered, unsure and unstable condition is only revealed at the end of the play. However, the audience begins to see hints of this hidden nature by the manner in which Macbeth addresses her. Contrary to her supposed ruthless nature, her husband regards her as a pure being. He attempts to shield her from foreign agencies by saying, “Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck,” (III.II.45).
Each character has a distinct personality, but understanding them, the reader develops an opinion as to if said character is capable of committing the crime. Both women put up a strong and somewhat cold front, however, they are easily swayed by their emotions and haunting past. "It was no good trying not to think of Hugo. He was close to her. She had to think of him - to remember…"(Christie 79) Vera Claythorne constantly thought about her initial crime, her guilt built up so much that her mental state deteriorated.
Her character in the play was that ... ... middle of paper ... ...elligence and emotional strength to become a powerful atypical Edwardian girl who is in control of her situation and her role in society. It can be observed that the women’s attitudes to the ‘chain of events’ in each play are in stark contrast to each other; As William Cowper states, ‘Glory built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt’, and there can be no disputing that Lady Macbeth’s guilt was a result of her glory and subsequent corruption while Sheila’s glory was built by acknowledging her guilt and shame. Sheila accepted her guilt and as such mastered it; Lady Macbeth refused to accept any guilt for killing King Duncan, and succumbed to it. The only similarity between the two is that a great wrong is done by each, yet how each character chooses to handle these wrongs is a testament to their character, the way they are written, and the resulting differences.
Juell Towns 4/3/14 P.2 Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll's House is an astonishing, yet accurate portrayal of how women were treated in the 1800s. It is essentially a force runner to women's rights and sets a path for many more feminist works to come. The novel fiercely challenges the modern idea that all women, by virtue of being women, are inclined towards feminist political interests. The roles of women have been a big part of literature and are usually a representation of how the roles of women in real life have evolved and continue to evolve. A Doll's House is an essential part of IBO specifically for the fact that it shows historical realism in the Victorian Era, and continues to challenge the unrealistic expectations of women in marriage.
Nora on the other hand has a different mindset when it comes to revealing the truth. Nora’s character/actions in the end reveals to us how naïve and foolish of a women she is thus, showing us yet again how Linde is a foil for Nora. Works Cited "A Doll’s House. "Drama for Students.Ed.David M. Galens and Lynn M. Spampinato.Vol. 1.