Although Nora has lived a privileged life, calling her a child is not accurate or fair. In fact, Mrs. Linde has just come to Nora for help: "When you told me the happy change in your lot, do you know I was delighted less for your sakes than mine?" Nora,...
Although Nora has lived a privileged life, calling her a child is not accurate or fair. In fact, Mrs. Linde has just come to Nora for help: "When you told me the happy change in your lot, do you know I was delighted less for your sakes than mine?" Nora, to her credit, immediately responds that she will ask her husband Torvald to help. The fact that Mrs. Linde, just a few lines later, calls this same friend a child reveals more about her own character than Nora's.
Nora has been taken care of by first her father and then by her husband. Still, she maintains a sense of resourcefulness. She realizes that her husband's illness can only be cured by specific medical attention that he would never agree to due to cost. Desperately wanting to save his life, she manipulates him in order to save him. She allows him to believe that her father has provided the money, and she accurately predicts that Torvald will accept the money via this means. She knows that he would never approve of her taking out a loan herself because it would be "painfully humiliating for him if he ever found out he was in debt to [her]" and that it would ruin their relationship. Mrs. Linde can't believe the possibility of Nora actually borrowing this money because at this time, "a wife [couldn't] borrow without her husband's consent." Nevertheless, Nora is able to maneuver successfully through the situation and obtain the funds that her husband needs to survive. This shows much more insight and forethought than a child.
Nora is often underestimated in her world, and she eventually proves that she is capable and deserving of more when she decides to leave this world behind—one where she is frequently viewed as little more than a doll to maneuver and manipulate. In the end, Torvald reiterates Mrs. Linde's sentiments: "You blind, incompetent child!" and Nora responds, "I must learn to be competent, Torvald." The strength she has been suppressing, yielding to the desires of the men around her, is evident as she makes her final exit from this house and her marriage.