A Doll House Kristine Linde Comparison

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A Doll House” is a three-act play in prose written by Henrik Ibsen in 1879. A Doll House is is about a woman named Nora Helmer. She is the wife of Torvald Helmer and the mother of his children. Eight years prior to the play Nora illegal takes out a loan without telling Torvald. During the play, Nora’s life turns upside down as pays the price for her decision. At the end of the play, Nora decides to walk out on her family, leaving her husband and her children to live a life without her as she finds herself out in the real world. In the play, A “Doll House”, we are introduced to a character named Kristine Linde. Kristine is widowed women and an old friend of Nora, who is seeking the employment. Throughout the play we see many differences between…show more content…
It is seen in the play that Kristine Linde has a strong sense of reality, and see’s the world for what it is. Nora on the other hand, sense of reality is fleeting, and she doesn’t see the world for what it is. Kristine Linde hasn’t been sheltered from the world, unlike Nora who has been sheltered assumingly all her life. Due to Kristine not being sheltered, she has faced many hardships and toils that allow her to see the reality of the world for what it really is. During Kristine’s younger years, she had to sacrifice love for the sake of her family. Kristine’s mother was ill, and she needed to take care of her mother and her family. So instead of marrying the man she loved, Krogstad, married a businessman in order to to take care of her family. Kristine is also a working woman, due to her husband’s death she has had to work hard, and struggle to make ends meet. These experiences allowed Kristine to be out in the world and live life outside of a sheltered environment. This allowed her to be able to see reality for what it is. On the other hand, there’s Nora who has been sheltered by her father and Torvald her entire life. Due to Nora being sheltered, her reality is deluded and she is unable to see the world realistically. Even though Nora has worked a few odd jobs to pay off her debt, her life has been relatively easy. When Nora takes…show more content…
Throughout the story, it is seen that Nora has a slightly narcissistic personality, meanwhile Kristine does not. Kristine gives up her own happiness in order to take care of her mother and her brothers. She gives up being with the man she loves in order to take care of her family. Kristine’s selfless side is seen again when Kristine is listening to Nora complain about her petty problems. Meanwhile Kristine is the one desperate for a job, because, unlike Nora, she has no one to provide for her. Kristine knows that Nora’s problems are petty compared to her own, she decides to listen to Nora and comfort her. She is there for Nora and helps Nora when she needs her. Despite this fact, Nora isn’t truly there for Kristine. Nora’s selfish side comes into play when Kristine attempts to tell Nora her struggles, but Nora tries to one up Kristine by telling her that she’s been through tough things as well and then brags to Kristine about what she’s done. This is seen when Nora says, “I agree. But listen to this, Kristine - I got something to be proud and happy for.” (Ibsen, 1256), This statement by Nora changes the conversation from Kristine’s troubles and accomplishments and turns everything around so that Nora can brag about what she has done. We also see Nora’s selfishness in the last act of the play when Nora leaves her family. It is understandable for Nora to leave Torvald if she no longer feels loved, but Nora decides to leave her kids

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