Mrs.Linde and NilsKrogstad are both very effective minor characters in A Doll’s House.
Mrs.Linde independent, wise, and modern woman whohas lost her husband and is now a widow. She loved a man who was not finicallystable. Her mother was sick and she needed to take care of her two smallerbrothers so she married a man who was finically stable even if she did not lovehim.
Mrs. Linde is seen as a “doll” because she does what society in theVictorian Era would expect after her mother got ill and she had two youngersiblings to take care of. She married for money and sacrificed everything for herfamily because that is what a woman shoulddo.
Mrs. Linde confesses “…my life is dreadfully empty and I feel so forsaken.There is not the least pleasure in working for one’s self” (53). Now Mrs. Lindewants to be the mother of children and believes she needs a man.
Mrs. Lindeenters Nora’s life and acts as a guiding friend showing the importance ofcompany. Mrs. Linde’s longing to take care of someone and to not be alone hasled her to bring the idea of her and Krogstad, Krogstad is who Mrs.
Line lovedbefore.Nils Krogstad suffersfrom a “diseased moral character” (15). Nils Krogstads crime is forgery andthis crime ruined his reputation and his chance at a valuable job that providesstable pay . He blackmails Nora because that is the only way he can gain his respect in his opinion, provide for hisfamily and possibly gain a new job. The societies close-minded thoughts arewhat have made Krogstad do such horrible things, all for acceptance. He wantsto take Torvald’s job and be happy for once. Krogstad is a “doll” that representsthe lower-class men who have lost their reputation and are truly powerless ashe says “I am a shipwrecked man clinging to a bit of wreckage.
” (52). Symbolismof a doll is very important in understanding the message of the book and thiscan be shown throughout the social classes present. Anne-Maire, theHelmers nurse is the reason why Nora believes the kids will be just fine withouther. When Nora says “if my little ones had no other mother, I am sure you would…”(30), it is foreshadowing the big ending. Anne Marie gave up her own daughterand was offered a job from Nora’s father because she needed the money, and thiswas completely unheard of in the Victorian era. In the beginning of act twoNora and the Nurse have a conversation and Nora says “how could you have the heartto put your own child out among strangers” (30), and this shows the audience howNora does not fully understand the difficulties that a woman from a lowersocial class might have, while starting to raise a baby or in the nurse’s situationthe difficulties in supporting a baby with proper money and health care, and sofor the baby she gave her up. She is a “doll” in the way that she representsall woman who have had to give up their lives to take care of other families. Dr.
Rank is a foil to Torvald and treats Nora with the respect that Torvald lacks,for example he calls Nora “Mrs. Helmer” (37), this shows the appreciation hehas for Nora. Dr.
Rank foreshadows what will happen and says “Helmer’s refinednature gives him an unconquerable disgust at everything that is ugly” (38),this is foreshadowing Torvalds true self. Dr. Rank provides backgroundinformation on Krogstad that lets the audience have an opinion that isimportant to the play.
All of thecharacter’s personalities, background story, and humanity provides the readerlots of clarity on how a “doll” is so important in understanding this play. Unbalancedrelationships in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’sHouse are shown through the symbolism of a doll. Characters in A Doll’s House live according to the assuranceand pressure of society in the Victorian era. These unbalanced relationshipsshown through the symbolism of A Doll’sHouse is commonly displayed among the main characters, and minorcharacters, and can also be shown through social class. A Doll’s House is an empowering book that inspires women andeducates men. The multiple “dolls” in ADoll’s House can connect to the audience on a personal level because thereis a type of doll for everyone.