Kristine Linde acts as a foil to Nora , highlighting certain character traits which Nora has. Though initially a minor, somewhat insignificant character, Kristine comes to perform a crucial role in the play's eventual plot development. As well as providing an opportunity for Nora to reveal some of her innermost...
Kristine Linde acts as a foil to Nora, highlighting certain character traits which Nora has. Though initially a minor, somewhat insignificant character, Kristine comes to perform a crucial role in the play's eventual plot development. As well as providing an opportunity for Nora to reveal some of her innermost thoughts, Kristine's own revelations concerning Krogstad contribute to exposing Nora's marriage for the sham that it is.
Over the course of the play, Nora and Kristine experience a radical role reversal. Initially, Nora appears to be a blissfully happy married woman, whereas Kristine is a tragic widow, an object of pity. Yet by the time we've reached the end of A Doll's House, all that's changed dramatically. Nora's marriage is in tatters, and Kristine is happily daydreaming about a life of wedded bliss with Krogstad.
The similarities between Nora and Krogstad are few and far between. Both could be described as somewhat naive in the ways of the world. The difference, however, is that Nora eventually grows and matures as a woman, indicating a marked willingness to learn about the big old world outside after she's closed the door behind her. Katrine, on the other hand, is willing to embrace the traditional role of housewife, occupying—in fact, if not in substance—the same position in Krogstad's life as Nora once did in Torvald's. Nora, for all her travails, is still young and beautiful; Kristine is middle-aged and plain. The symbolism is unmistakable—Nora stands for the future, Kristine for the past.
One noticeable difference between the two women lies in their respective abilities to manipulate men to get what they want. Try as she might, Nora cannot get through to Torvald, cannot make him see her point of view or get him to respect her needs. Kristine's much more successful with Krogstad. She is the one who persuades him to let Torvald read the letter explaining Nora's deception. Her complete domination of Krogstad stands in stark contrast to Nora's position within her own marriage. It is ironic indeed that Nora can only experience the kind of control that Kristine enjoys by leaving her husband and children behind. Yet Kristine can continue to get Krogstad to do whatever she wants within the confines of an impeccably conventional, respectable marriage.