The Victorian Era By Trudy Mercadal's Women In The Victorian Era

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Mrs. Linde is a foil character of Nora and shows how women should be independent and how women can be happy without a significant other. After her husband’s passing, she steps up to the plate and wants to get a job. In the 19th century, women had just started working and it showed Mrs.Linde’s independance and her willingness to take on a job which only men were supposed to do. In the article “Women in the Victorian Era” by Trudy Mercadal, “The Victorian era lasted a long time and had different impacts across gender, social class, and countries.” This means the time period affected the middle class differently. “In comparison with Panchal 4 modern women, Victorian women were isolated from the spheres of work and …show more content…
After being widowed, Mrs.Linde knew she wouldn’t like living that lifestyle and would get tired of it eventually. Even though she was an independant woman, she hated it. Surprisingly, she wanted to be in a relationship again. Krogstad was someone whom she was going to marry, but she married Mr.Linde, who was more wealthy. Now that Mrs.Linde is experiencing a life without a husband, she doesn’t seem to get anything out of it and wants to be in a family. In the article “Gender Roles of the 19th Century, Kathryn Hughes discussed how “Women were assumed to desire marriage because it allowed them to become mothers rather than to pursue sexual or emotional satisfaction.” (Hughes 1) This means, women were meant to reproduce and also take care of their children. Sexual pleasures and intimate relationships were not the reason why women would get married. Overall, the relationships women had with their husband barely consisted of love. Mrs.Linde is a foil to Nora as she protrays that woman in society should not be defined by their man. At first, she …show more content…
He did have a respectable name from his job however, in the article “Ibsen’s A Doll’s House,” Paul Rosefeldt discusses the issues Torvald faced as a parent.“Helmer is another example of a failed father. He has little to do with his children. When the children come in, he states that the place is only fit for a mother.” (Rosefeldt 2) Although Torvald loves his wife and treats her in a doll like way, he barely spends time with his children and seems disconnected from his family. “He too becomes a father of lies and disguise, polluting his own children.” (Rosefeldt 1) He gives into Krogstad’s blackmail to Nora and agrees to give him a higher position at the bank. Even though Torvald provides for his children and Nora, he is not around them as much as Nora was. The reason why Torvald was absent is children’s life showed that perhaps he did not want

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