How does the relationship between Mr. Krogstad and Mrs. Linde serve to emphasize certain characteristics of the Helmers' marriage in A Doll's House?

In A Doll's House, the relationship between Krogstad and Mrs. Linde serves to emphasize certain characteristics of the Helmers' marriage by highlighting the power imbalance and lack of communication between Nora and Torvald.

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In A Doll’s House, the relationship between Mr. Krogstad and Mrs. Linde contrasts the marriage between Nora and Torvald Helmer. Krogstad and Linde’s union is based on honesty and forgiveness; on the other hand, the Helmers’ marriage is sustained by dishonesty and illusion.

Both Nora and Krogstad committed the same crime—forgery—for similar reasons but experienced very different consequences. When Torvald’s health is failing due to overwork, Nora forges her father’s signature in order to obtain funds for her husband’s convalescence abroad. Nora essentially saves Torvald’s life while hiding her crime. No one ever discovers her guilt, allowing Nora to preserve their marriage and her status as an innocent kept woman. Torvald continues to view her simply as a doll; she dresses up for him and plays his pretty housewife. She perpetuates the illusion of their marriage as pure (i.e., lacking any skeletons in the closet) and the illusion of their roles (Torvald as the adult and Nora as...

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