In act 1, Mrs. Linde describes Nora as “a child.” Is this assessment of Nora’s state of development valid?

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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...

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