Nora Seen Through Other Haracters' Eyes

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A Doll’s House is a play premiered at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen on 21st December 1879. The play was controversial during the starting because it was greatly against the norms of the 19th century marriage. In the starting of the play we often see that Mrs. Linde describes Nora as a child, but we later find out this assessment is completely false. This is due to the various reasons that take place during the play. Nora’s childhood friend, Linde is a practical, down-to-earth woman, and her sensible worldview highlights Nora’s somewhat childlike outlook on life. In the starting Nora is referred as a child because she act very immature and Mrs. Linde thinks she is the same and has not changed since she met her last. Nora initially seems like a playful, naive child who lacks knowledge of the world outside her home. She does have some worldly experience, however, and the small acts of rebellion in which she engages indicate that she is not as innocent or happy as she appears. The play takes a turn when Nora decides to tell Mrs. Linde about one of her deepest and darkest secret. When Mrs. Linde comments that Nora is still a child because she has known no hardship in her life. Nora becomes indignant and says that she too has “something to be proud and happy about.” Then she goes on to tell Mrs. Linde that she saved her husband’s life when he was sick. She says that the doctors urged them to go south for a while but cautioned that the gravity of Torvalds’s illness must not be revealed to him—as he was in danger of dying. Nora tried to convince Torvald that they should go south, but he wouldn’t hear of borrowing money for that purpose. Nora procured money and told Torvald that her father gave it to them, though she really raised it herself. Nora’s father died before Torvald had a chance to find out that the money didn’t come from him. Nora has kept the source of the

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