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In A Doll's House, how does the relationship between Krogstad and Mrs. Linde serve to emphasize certain qualitites in the Helmers' marriage?

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Let's begin with Nora and Torvald. Here is what we witness throughout the play, which is backed by the fact that their relationship is over by the end of the play.

Nora and Torvald are not equals in the relationship. They are not a couple working together, but a couple where the man overpowers the woman.

On top of the lack of equity, there is also a lack of fairness in treatment. Torvald uses Nora as his wife, as the mother of his children, as an entertainer, and as his personal "doll" of sorts. He is patronizing and, in many occasions, condescending. In turn, Nora puts Torvald on a pedestal and would never be disrespectful to him.

There is nothing honest about Torvald and Nora's marriage. She acts for him, hides situations from him, goes behind his back even to eat a macaroon, and basically has to live a parallel life that meets his needs—rather than her real life.

Did you notice how cruel Torvald turned toward Nora when he saw that his ego, his reputation was potentially put at risk due...

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