The Role of Mrs. Linde in "A Doll's House" Essay

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Freedom Through Independence of Will In A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen focuses on the importance of women's roles and freedom in society. Widely regarded as a feminist paean, the play features two major female characters; the most prominent of whom, Nora Helmer, shatters her position as a subservient, doll-like female when she walks out on her husband and children with a flagrant "door slam heard round the world." Nora’s evolution, though inspiring, should not overshadow another crucial woman in the play: Mrs. Kristine Linde. Both women attain freedom in a society dominated by the adherence to conservative marital roles, but do it in different ways. While Nora reaches her consciousness and slams the door on her shackling domicile, Mrs. …show more content…
She rejects any sense of societally dictated guilt and furthers again her transformation to enlightenment. Mrs. Linde catalyzes Nora’s evolution of enlightenment and it continues on until she reaches her freedom at the end of the play. For example, after Torvald has sent out Krogstad’s notice despite Nora’s outcry about the torturous consequences, he claims he is “man enough to take everything on [him]self” (Ibsen 44). To this, Nora sternly declares, “that is something you shall never, never do.” She takes command of herself for the first time and insists against her societally dictated role of subordination. Nora advances her awareness when she extends this notion beyond the realm of her own situation. Whilst countering Krogstad, she asks “isn’t a daughter entitled to try and save her father from worry...? Isn’t a wife entitled to save her husband’s life?” (Ibsen 29). Instead of saying “aren’t I entitled,” Nora invokes “daughters” and “wives,” generalizing her claim to all women in society. In doing this, she realizes that she is not just fighting for herself, but rather, a collective cause. Nora’s identification as one of many daughters and wives rather than as an individual is the key to her liberation from the dollhouse. However, she is not able to reach the final ledge of enlightenment without Mrs. Linde. Mrs. Linde, who is already a strong-minded, independent woman, realizes the

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