Act 1 Continued. From the beginning of Nora’s conversation with Mrs. Linde to Nora’s promise to talk to Torvald about finding Mrs. Linde work.
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If Nora is to develop as a character, what does she need to happen? From this conversation, she is naïve and childlike in many ways
Linde has had no doll-like existence, but seems poised to be Nora’s mentor on her journey to maturity
Note on style: Ibsen doesn’t portray rich, powerful, or socially significant people in his plays; he populates them with ordinary middle-class characters
A far more serious case of deception – the loan Nora illicitly acquired in order to save hubby’s life; involves a breach of law (she is guilty of forgery)
When Nora suggests that her hubby give Linde a job, he again shows his biases concerning women’s proper roles by immediately assuming she’s a widow – shows that a proper married woman should not work outside the home
Although she holds some influence over her hubby, her power is extremely limited
Torvald is preoccupied with appearances, something Nora understands and uses to her advantage