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How can one compare Nora and Christine Linde in A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen?

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Another difference between the two characters is that Mrs. Linde realizes that she has compromised her independence and freedom much earlier than Nora does. When she, in her youth, decided to leave Krogstad, the man she really loved, in order to marry a man who was much more financially secure, she knew full well what she was doing. She tells Krogstad of that time, "You ought not to forget that I had a helpless mother and two little brothers. We could not wait for you, Nils, as your prospects then stood." Thus, she married a man she did not love in order to do her duty to her family, relinquishing her own desires and hopes for the future.

Nora, on the other hand, did marry a man she loved, but she soon came to learn—as Mrs. Linde already seems to have known—that love is sometimes not enough. Nora made mistakes, to be sure, but her heart was in the right place when she took the loan from Krogstad: she did it in order to save her husband's life! When he learns of her well-intentioned...

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